Kuya Kim Cover Seoul Halloween Stampede
KUYA KIM – GMA-7 reporter Kuya Kim Atienza revealed covered the Itaewon incident and showed the aftermath of the stampede.
At a Halloween event in Seoul’s well-known Itaewon nightlife district, more than 151 people—mostly young costumed partygoers in their teens and 20s—were slain in a stampede and crowd surge. President Yoon Suk-yeol has committed to preventing another disaster like this one by ordering a thorough probe into the worst-ever stampede in South Korea’s history.
President Yoon has proclaimed a day of national mourning and promised to “thoroughly investigate the cause of the incident”.
On Saturday night, more than 100,000 people gathered in Seoul’s well-known Itaewon neighborhood for the first Halloween celebration free of COVID-19 restrictions in three years.
Local business owners who have been operating in the region for 30 years told AFP that this year’s gathering was “unprecedentedly large,” despite the police having only 200 officers prepared to deploy.
Kuya Kim Atienza disclosed on his Instagram account that he was in Itaewon when the incident happened. He covered the tragic incident, showing the aftermath of the Halloween stampede.
According to the 55-year-old Kapuso reporter, 151 people died in the stampede and most of them were 20 years old or younger with seventeen (17) foreigners being among the casualties.
“BREAKING NEWS : STAMPEDE IN #ITAEWON STREET PARTY! Hundreds injured, casualties still unknown. @gmanews #DAPATALAMMO team covering the event, details to follow soon.
“OCTOBER 30 UPDATE : 151 DEAD,.mostly kids 20 years old or younger, 17 of them foreigners, Korean president has declared today, October 30, a national day of mourning, all Halloween recreational events suspended for now,” he wrote on IG.
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