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‘India stands in solidarity’: S Jaishankar condoles loss of lives in Seoul stampede

New Delhi: Foreign minister S Jaishankar on Sunday condoled the loss of lives during a stampede at a Halloween event in South Korea’s capital city Seoul.

“Deeply shocked at the loss of so many young lives due to the stampede in Seoul,” Jaishankar said in a tweet.

“Our condolences to the families of those who lost their dear ones. We stand in solidarity with the Republic of Korea during this difficult time,” he added.

At least 151 people were killed and 82 others injured in a stampede during Halloween celebrations in Seoul’s Itaewon district on Saturday, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted officials as saying.

The agency also reported that the Seoul Halloween stampede resulted in the highest number of youth deaths. It has also been informed that around 270 reports of people going missing after stampede during Halloween parties have been received in Itawan district.

“As of 9 am Sunday, a total of 151 people, including 19 foreigners, have been killed and 82 others injured, 19 of them seriously, according to Choi Seong-beom, head of the fire department in Yongsan, which includes Itaewon,” the agency said.

Of the deceased, 97 are female and 54 are male, Choi said.

The foreigners killed include those from Iran, Uzbekistan, China and Norway, he said.

An estimated 100,000 people had gathered in Itaewon for the country’s biggest outdoor Halloween festivities since the onset of the Covid pandemic.

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