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Extreme heat wreaks havoc on Haj, temperature crosses 50 degrees, more than 550 pilgrims die

June 19, 2024 03:56 PM

Punjabnewsline, Chandigarh:

More than 550 pilgrims died due to extreme heat during Hajj in Saudi Arabia. This information has been received from AFP. According to the information, the dead include 323 Egyptians, about 60 Jordanians and 35 Tunisians. They had come to perform pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. The main causes of deaths were crushing incidents, tent fires and heat-related accidents. This week, the temperature in Mecca's main mosque reached +51 degrees Celsius. Videos have emerged showing unclaimed bodies on the streets, highlighting this serious crisis. Officials are working to assist the affected families and handle the situation.

According to the information, Saudi Arabia is experiencing severe heat and the temperature has reached close to 52°C. According to the AFP report, with the latest figures, the total number of deaths from several countries has so far reached 577. The diplomat said that there were a total of 550 bodies in Al-Muisam, one of the largest morgues in Mecca. Let us tell you that, last month a report was released by Saudi Arabia according to which Hajj pilgrimage was said to be affected by climate change. The report said that the temperature at the places where temperature is measured is increasing by 0.4 degrees Celsius (0.72 degrees Fahrenheit) every decade. According to the Meteorological Department of Saudi Arabia, this year the temperature in the Grand Mosque of Mecca has reached 51.8 degrees Celsius.

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