- More than 150 people were killed in a crowd surge in Seoul, South Korea this weekend.
- A man who survived the surge said he could “still people dying in front of me.”
- More than 90% of the victims have been identified, according to CNN.
A man who survived the crowd surge in Seoul, South Korea, which killed more than 150 people this weekend, said see he can “still people dying in front of me.”
Officials, as of Sunday, said 153 people were killed and at least 82 were injured on Saturday at a Halloween festival in a Seoul nightlife district when a large crowd surged into an alleyway.
“People began pushing from behind, it was like a wave – there was nothing you could do,” Nuhyil Ahammed told the BBC.
Ahammed said he “couldn’t sleep last night,” adding that he “can still see people dying in front of me,” according to the BBC.
Footage of the crowd on social media shows young people packed into the alleyways struggling to breathe.
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BBC reported that at least 100,000 people traveled to Seoul for the Halloween celebration, which was the first to take place since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ahammed said he hadn’t attended the Halloween event in the last five years and this year’s crowd was much larger than before with “no crowd control,” the BBC reported.
“Even if you stand still, someone pushes you from the front and someone from the back,” Ahammed told the BBC. “It happened a few times. I realized something was wrong. I felt afraid something was going to happen.”
Ahammed said he fell but a “woman with angel’s wings” called him to a step that he managed to climb onto.
“They started pulling bodies from underneath,” Ahammed said according to the BBC. “One guy, he knows his friend is dead but he keeps giving him CPR for 30 mins.”
CNN reported that more than 90% of the victims of the crowd surge have been identified.