Death toll from human avalanche in Seoul rises to 158

Death toll from human avalanche in Seoul rises to 158

Of the total number of deaths, 106 are women and 26 are foreigners. Of the 31 seriously injured, 10 remain hospitalized.

The death toll from the human avalanche during the Halloween celebrations in the South Korean capital on October 29 has risen to 158, authorities in Seoul said Monday.

Today the death of a woman was reported and last Friday a soldier had died, according to the Disaster and Emergency Countermeasures Command.

Most of the 158 deceased, including 26 foreigners, are women (102) and also people between 20 and 30 years old (105).

Among the foreigners are citizens of Russia, Iran, China, the US, Japan, Norway, Sri Lanka, Austria, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan or France and the bodies of 24 of them have already been repatriated.

The tragedy occurred when tens of thousands of people celebrated Halloween on October 29 in the Itaewon neighborhood and the concentration of people between a pedestrian street full of bars and a narrow alley perpendicular to that road produced a human avalanche in the aforementioned alley. , between 3 and 4 meters wide.

The event has also left 31 seriously injured, of which 10 are still hospitalized.

The human avalanche is the worst tragedy to hit South Korea since the 2014 sinking of the Sewol ferry, which killed 304 people, most of them high school students.

After the tragedy, the South Korean government also admitted the absence of protocols to avoid such a disaster in large events that do not have an organizer.

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