Col. Nguyen Van Vien (centre), Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Public Security, gives information about the incident at a press meeting on September 17 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Seven persons died after participating in the Autumn Music Gala at the West Lake Water Park in Hanoi’s Tay Ho district on September 16 night, the city police confirmed on September 17, adding that all of them tested positive for drugs.

At around 23:10 on September 16, Tay Ho district police was informed by the Hanoi Heart Hospital that two men had been brought to the hospital in the state of heart stopping beating. Despite emergency treatment, the two later died at 23:45 that night.

The district police coordinated with the municipal police and relevant agency to launch an investigation into the case, which showed that before being taken to hospital, the two men attended the 2018 Autumn Music Gala at the water park, which began at 19:00 on September 16. According to the event’s permit, the event expected to attract a crowd of 5,000.

The investigation also revealed that Hospital E received eight emergency patients, among whom one died on the way to hospital, four died at the hospital and the remaining three are in a coma. Bach Mai Hospital also received two patients, who are currently also in a coma. 

As of late morning of September 17, the authorities affirmed that seven persons had died and five were in a coma in association with the case. All of them tested positive to drugs.

An examination of the site where the music gala took place found materials suspected to be drugs.

Further investigation into the case is still underway.-VNA