World leaders have been sending condolences and messages of help to South Korea after an obvious crowd surge killed at least 149 individuals in the Itaewon district of Seoul throughout Halloween celebrations.
Philip Seth Goldberg, United States ambassador to South Korea since 2022, tweeted in each English and Korean: “I’m devastated by the tragic loss of life in Itaewon last night. Please know my thoughts, and those of our team at US Embassy Seoul, are with the Korean people and especially the loved ones of those who perished, as well as the many injured in this catastrophic incident.”
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak tweeted: “All our thoughts are with those currently responding and all South Koreans at this very distressing time.”
“France is by your side,” President Emmanuel Macron stated, tweeting in French and Korean.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz tweeted: “The tragic events in Seoul come as a shock to all of us. Our thoughts are with the numerous victims and their families. This is a sad day for South Korea. Germany stands by their side.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “On behalf of Canadians, I’m sending my deepest condolences to the people of South Korea today, following a deadly stampede in Seoul. I’m thinking of everyone affected by this tragedy, and wishing a fast and full recovery to those who were injured.”
The Australian authorities additionally despatched messages of help.
“Our sincere condolences for all affected by this terrible tragedy,” Prime Minister Anthony Albanese tweeted.
Australia’s embassy in Seoul stated it was “urgently making enquiries” with native authorities to find out if any Australians had been concerned.
The European Union’s overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell stated: “Deeply saddened by the terrible events in central Seoul. What was meant to be a celebration turned into a tragedy with so many young casualties. We are with the people of the Republic of Korea at this difficult moment.”