Haj disaster: 719 with 4 Indians died in Mecca stampede, 855 injured


New Delhi:-At least 719 pilgrims with four Indians, were killed and other more than 855 injured in a stampede on Thursday during Haj the annual pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi civil defence authority told that 719 pilgrims from different countries were killed in which 865 others were injured in the stampede.

It accident took place due to a sudden surge in the number of pilgrims heading to Jamarat for symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing pebbles against three stone walls resulted in the stampede at 9 AM local time (1130 IST).

According to Saudi Press Agency report the stampede took place at the intersection of two streets leading to Jamarat, about five kilometres from Makkah.

Affairs Minister K C Joseph said in Thiruvananthapuram, the two Indian pilgrims were killed from Kerala named as Mohammed from Kodungaloor in Thrissur district.

A woman pilgrim from Hyderabad named as Bibi Jaan was also killed in the stampede, said S A Shukoor, special officer of Telangana State Haj Committee.

Jaan had gone on the pilgrimage with her husband and two other relatives on September 2. She was caught up in the stampede and died at a hospital in Mina, he said.

Two Indians from Assam were among the injured and have been admitted to hospital.
This is the second worst tragedy to hit the Haj after 1990 when 1,426 pilgrims were killed in a stampede inside a tunnel leading to holy sites.
Indian Haj mission doctors were deployed in all government hospitals in Mina and Mecca.

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