In South Korea, the belongings of Halloween victims fill a quiet lost-and-found center

In South Korea, the belongings of Halloween victims fill a quiet lost-and-found center

In South Korea, the belongings of Halloween victims fill a quiet lost-and-found center

SEOUL, Nov 1 (Reuters) – A makeshift morgue for victims of a Halloween party in South Korea is now a huge lost-and-found, containing hundreds of items such as a “Happy Halloween” backpack and a Minnie Mouse hairstyle. waiting for their owners.

It was quiet at the Wonhyoro Sports Center on Tuesday, three days after a stampede in the popular Itaewon neighborhood during Halloween celebrations, as several people sifted through more than 800 lost items.

Five kilometers from the disaster site, a state-of-the-art sports facility was used in the early hours to contain the bodies of some of the 156 people who died when a chaotic flow of crowds filled the narrow alleyway late Saturday. read more

On Tuesday, her floor was filled with 256 pairs of shoes, 258 items of clothing, 124 bags and 156 electronics and other personal items, including stuffed animal key chains and festive Halloween masks.

Mobile phones and identity cards were kept in a separate police station.

One of the survivors of the crush walked through things looking for his bag, his left leg in a cast from his injury that night. He couldn’t find what he was looking for.

The woman, who declined to give her name, said she and her friend were about to head home when the crowd swelled dangerously and she found herself in a large crowd pushing forward into a narrow, sloping alleyway. He got stuck in place near the bottom of the hill.

“I drowned at the very end (of the alley), but I survived because my upper body was not compressed,” he said. He said his friend also survived.

South Korea is in a week-long period of national mourning, and top officials on Tuesday vowed to answer questions about how the tragedy unfolded and how the government can prevent similar disasters. read more

The number of victims is 156, 151 injured, 29 of them are in serious condition. At least 26 citizens from 14 countries are among the victims.

A police official told Reuters the gym opened on Monday for owners and family members to claim their lost items, but so far few have come.

Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Jack Kim and Gerry Doyle

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