11 July 2024

The King of Thailand has expressed his condolences to South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol over the Halloween stampede in Itaewon district of Seoul on Saturday night, in which at least 150 people of various nationalities were killed and scores injured.

In the letter of condolence, His Majesty the King said that he was deeply saddened by the report of the tragedy, which was one of the worst in decades.

The King said he was stunned by the number of people killed, injured and missing in the incident.

In the name of the Thai people, he and Her Majesty the Queen, the King said he would like to convey their profound sorrow to the president and the people of South Korea for the great loss and suffering as a result of the incident.

Meanwhile, an official from the social development and human security office in Phetchabun Province, said that they are making arrangements to bring the remains of the Thai victim of the crush back home for a proper funeral, but this will take 3-4 days and will cost about 400,000 baht.

She also said that officials from the mental health centre will be sent to offer the victim’s family counselling.

The fatality has been identified as 27-year-old Natthicha Makaew, a resident of Nong Chai sub-district in Lomsak district.

Amporn Meesaeng, the mayor of the Nong Chai Tambon Administrative Organisation, said that he is familiar with Natthicha’s family, adding that she was fond of almost everything about South Korea and, after her graduation, went to South Korea to further her studies in the South Korean language.