S Jiashankar, world leaders mourn loss of lives in South Korea's stampede
World leaders offered their condolences on the death of 151 people in a deadly stampede in South Korea's capital Seoul at a Halloween event where revelers, mostly in their teens and twenties, gathered in massive numbers.
The disastrous incident occurred as at least 100,000 revelers gathered in a narrow lane Saturday night in Itaewon, a central district of Seoul, lined with hundreds of shops and some very narrow streets.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar condoled the tragic deaths assuring India's solidarity with the grieving people of South Korea, saying he was "deeply shocked" by the loss of young lives.
Deeply shocked at the loss of so many young lives due to the stampede in Seoul. 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.— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) October 30, 2022
US President Joe Biden also expressed his grief over the loss of lives and wished for the speedy recovery of those injured in the incident.
Jill and I send our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones in Seoul. We grieve with the people of the Republic of Korea and wish for a quick recovery to all those who were injured. The United States stands with the Republic of Korea during this tragic time.— President Biden (@POTUS) October 29, 2022
French President Emmanuel Macron also mourned the tragedy, assuring France's support for the Korean people.
"A heartfelt thought this evening for the inhabitants of Seoul and for all the Korean people after the tragedy of Itaewon. France is at your side," Macron tweeted in French and Korean.
Rishi Sunak, the newly-appointed prime minister of UK, also expressed his sorrow over the tragic crush in a Twitter post.
Horrific news from Seoul tonight.— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) October 29, 2022
All our thoughts are with those currently responding and all South Koreans at this very distressing time.
Condoling the deaths, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau wished a speedy recovery to the victims of the deadly accident.
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.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 29, 2022