KUALA LUMPUR: The Saturday night Halloween stampede in Seoul, South Korea, which has claimed the lives of 153 people, did NOT involve ANY Malaysians.
A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said the ministry was still investigating (with the authorities) in a quick response to the New Straits Times.
However, he added, “There were no Malaysians involved (in the accident).
Malaysians in need of consular assistance or updates on the stampede in Seoul’s Itaewon district are encouraged to get in touch with the embassy, according to the Malaysian embassy in Seoul.
Yesterday about midday, the embassy post on Instagram that it could be reached at +821089748699.
The embassy declared that it was in contact with the local authorities and keeping track of the tragedy’s developments.
According to the Yonhap News Agency, as of 9 a.m. yesterday, 153 individuals had been slain, including 19 foreigners whose nationalities included those from Iran, Uzbekistan, China, and Norway.
There were another 82 injuries. The death toll was previously reported at 151, with 97 female victims and 54 male victims.
Yesterday, President Yoon Suk-yeol gave a live speech to the country from the Presidential Office, saying that Saturday’s “tragedy and disaster should never have happened.”
Yoon also announced a period of national mourning.
The 2014 sinking of the ferry Sewol, which claimed the lives of 304 passengers, predominantly high school students, marked South Korea’s biggest catastrophe before the stampede.
It was the first Halloween event in the capital in three years after the country lifted many Covid-19 restrictions.
Most of the people in the streets were wearing costumes.
The exact cause of the accident is yet to be known.