Tragic Crowd Surge in South Korea Claims the Lives of Over 100 People Over the Weekend

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Tens of thousands of people were believed to have gathered in Itaewon on Saturday night, a district known for its nightlife, for Halloween festivities, where at least 153 people died, and 82 people were injured after a crowd surge, according to ABC News. 

According to witnesses who spoke with ABC News,  the tragedies occurred when a large crowd pushed forward in the area’s narrow alleys— coinciding with other witnesses’ accounts who stated that people got stuck in these curved slanted alleys. 

The incident was initially reported around 10:20 pm; however, the large crowds delayed the rescue crews’ response. Witnesses additionally said that people were believed to be on top of each other for over an hour. Moreover, CPR was seen being performed in the streets. 

According to the National Fire Agency, several victims were transported to local hospitals in cardiac arrest after emergency CPR. 

On Sunday, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol declared a national mourning period for the victims from Sunday through Saturday, November 5th. 

The cause for the crowd surge remains under investigation. 

Destiny Cruz, PNC News.

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Starting as the weather personality for the Pacific News Center in 2019, then as a reporter, Destiny Cruz is now PNC’s lead anchor, producer, writer, and TV host for two of Sorensen Media Group’s shows. Over three years at PNC, Destiny has covered issues impacting our island in areas including legislation and health, to name a few, in addition to highlighting the meaningful stories of Guam’s community in features and lifestyle. Corresponding with her professional growth, Destiny has acquired personal achievements that have contributed to her development as a dynamic woman: she is a proud graduate of the Guam Community College, earning her degree in liberal studies, a former Miss Guam (Miss World Guam 2017), and singer/songwriter.