Kenya’s President William Ruto has sent his condolences to the people of South Korea after a stampede that occurred on Saturday, as a crowd was celebrating Halloween festival.
On Sunday morning, official reports stated that 149 people, mostly teenagers had succumbed to the night stampede at South Korean capital, Seoul.
“Kenya mourns with the people of South Korea following the tragic crush that claimed many lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those affected,” President Ruto condoled.
His Tanzanian counterpart Samia Suluhu also sent her condolences to South Korea’s Yoon Suk Yeol, wishing the survivors a quick recovery.
“We were heartbroken to learn about the loss of about 149 lives during the Halloween festival in Seoul last night. We are joining you President Yoon Suk Yeol and the people of Korea in mourning and grieving for this great loss. To those injured, we wish them a speedy healing and recovery,” she wrote in a tweet.
The Saturday night incident occurred as residents marked the first Halloween celebrations in three years after the country lifted COVID restrictions and social distancing.
President Yoon has since declared a period of national mourning on Sunday, terming the Halloween crush as a tragic event.
“A tragedy and disaster that should not have happened took place in the heart of Seoul last night,” he said in a statement.