Rescue workers and firefighters on the scene of the accident in Seoul. Photograph: Lee Ji-eun/AP

At least 59 people were killed in a Halloween incident in Seoul’s leisure district of Itaewon Saturday night, according to the Yongsan Fire Department chief.

Iran PressAsia: At least 150 others were also injured, the chief added.

The cause of the deaths was not immediately provided but the chief said many people fell amid the Halloween festivities, resulting in casualties.

Yonhap News Agency earlier reported that people suffered from “cardiac arrest,” attributing fire authorities. Emergency officials received at least 81 people in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhood reporting “difficulty breathing.” Authorities have yet to provide exact details on the cause of the incident.

Police closed off the area in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhood and social media videos showed people lying in the streets.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol sent a disaster medical assistance team to the Halloween incident, according to the presidential office.

The president also ordered authorities to secure emergency beds in hospitals nearby and to implement swift rescue operations and treatment, presidential spokesman Lee Jae-Myung said in a briefing.

Yoon was in an emergency meeting regarding the situation, the office said in a statement.


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