SEOUL, South Korea — Days after greater than 150 Halloween revelers died in South Korea’s deadliest crowd surge, a quiet however wrenching reminder of the catastrophe remained Tuesday: Tons of of deserted footwear have been specified by neat rows in a badminton courtroom within the capital, Seoul.
Police have assembled the crumpled tennis footwear, loafers and Chuck Taylors — a part of 1.5 tons of non-public objects left by victims and survivors of the tragedy — in hopes that the homeowners, or their family and friends, will retrieve them.
The lethal crush within the close by nightlife district Itaewon occurred after tens of hundreds gathered for Halloween celebrations Saturday night. A part of the group bought jammed in a slender, downhill alley between a dense row of storefronts and the district’s landmark Hamilton Lodge. Partygoers have been seen finishing up the wounded and lifeless, whereas dozens of lifeless our bodies lined in blankets have been specified by rows on the close by pavement.
Many of the victims have been ladies and plenty of of them have been lacking footwear, which consultants say displays the pressure of a crowd surge that stripped footwear from their ft within the crush.
Some 250 pairs of footwear on the gymnasium are a part of an enormous assortment of deserted gadgets present in Itaewon following the tragedy. There are additionally lots of of items of clothes, together with coats and film character costumes, in addition to purses, smartphones, Bluetooth earpieces and some passports, together with a minimum of one belonging to a U.S. citizen.
Yongsan police officers, who will maintain the gymnasium open for twenty-four hours till Sunday, didn’t instantly affirm how lots of the gadgets have been returned to their homeowners.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 156 individuals have been confirmed lifeless and 151 have been being handled for accidents, with 29 of them in vital situation. Officers say 26 of the lifeless have been international nationals, together with 5 Iranians, 4 Chinese language, 4 Russians, two People and two Japanese residents.