AFTER at least 153 people were killed and dozens more injured in Seoul when a crowd surged into an alleyway during Halloween festivities on Saturday night, Thai National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapas this morning (Oct. 31) ordered police teams to strictly supervise Halloween events taking place tonight for the safety of partygoers, Naewna newspaper said.
Many events are being held especially in Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Phuket and a large number of merrymakers are expected to join in.
Pol. Gen. Damrongsak instructed police teams to coordinate with organisers of these events to check the venues, particularly entrances and exits and fire exits.
Moreover they have to restrict the number of participants according to public health measures to ensure the events do not get too crowded especially if children and youths are attending. Police will also be stationing X-ray scanners to ensure no weapons are smuggled in.
A police spokesman said various Halloween party organisers had already coordinated with the police to discuss joint safety measures with rehearsals of various possible incidents carried out.
Merrymakers were urged to follow public health instructions on how to survive in large crowds. They are urged to observe the venue before going in and if there is a risk of overcrowding to immediately move out.
Top: A person pays tribute near the scene of the stampede during Halloween festivities, in Seoul, South Korea, on Oct. 30, 2022. Photo: Reuters / Kim Hong-ji and published by CNA
First insert: Investigators inspect the scene where many people died and were injured in a stampede during a Halloween festival in Seoul, South Korea, on Oct. 30, 2022. Photo: Reuters/Kim Hong-ji and published by CNA
Front Page: A man pays tribute near the scene of the stampede during Halloween festivities, in Seoul, South Korea, on Oct. 30, 2022. Photo: Reuters/Kim Hong-ji and published by CNA