The death toll rose to 900 due to the extreme heat during the pilgrimage to Mecca

The death toll rose to 900 due to the extreme heat during the pilgrimage to Mecca
The death toll rose to 900 due to the extreme heat during the pilgrimage to Mecca

The heat wave affected the faithful on the pilgrimage to Mecca

More than 900 Muslim worshipers died during the ‘haj’, the annual pilgrimage to Meccathis year marked by the high temperatures that touched the 52 degrees, according to a compilation made this Saturday from various sources. News agencies like AFP They assure that the figure exceeds 1,000 deaths.

Egypt continues to be the most affected country with at least 325 pilgrims deadthe majority for heat strokea medical source told the news agency EFE on condition of anonymity, although the government of the Arab country has recognized only 28 who belong to its official delegation of more than 50,000 people.

However, he admitted that it is being difficult for him to collect data from all his nationals since a large number traveled to perform the ritual, which ended last Wednesday, irregularly, in reference to the fact that They were not included in the quotas of people set by Saudi Arabia for each country and who travel on official missions.

The heat wave affected the faithful on the pilgrimage to Mecca (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Thousands of pilgrims suffered from the heat (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Egypt has formed a crisis cell to follow up on this issue, headed by the country’s prime minister, Mostafa Madbuliand that this Saturday they met, without further details being known at the moment.

So much Egypt as Jordanwhich has registered at least 75 deadthey have blamed “individuals and agencies” for facilitating these trips irregularly and have promised punishment against them.

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry acknowledged that its deceased nationals have died from the “extreme heat.”

A woman cools off in the intense heat (Abdel Ghani BASHIR/AFP)

Each country, which provides data on deaths among pilgrims, has an official delegation with the permits and visas that Saudi Arabia issues for the ritual.

However, due to the high price of this trip, which has an average cost of $5,000 per person, many opt for other routes that the Saudi kingdom considers illegal.

Muslim pilgrims use umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

A man wets his head (Abdel Ghani BASHIR / AFP)

These faithful who traveled unofficially, for example with a tourist visa, They did not have access to air-conditioned facilities and tents during the pilgrimage.so their only refuges were the streets of the holiest city in Islam from the extreme heat.

The Saudi kingdom, which has celebrated the “success” of the pilgrimage and which spends millions of dollars to accommodate the faithful, has not so far reacted to the information about the deaths.

A man drinks water under the intense heat (Abdel Ghani BASHIR/AFP)

In the government of Tunisiawhich has documented 49 deadhas claimed its first political victim.

The president of the country, Kais Saiddismissed yesterday, Friday, the Minister of Religious Affairs, Ibrahim al Shaibishortly after it became known that the number of Tunisian faithful died in the ‘haj’.

The second most affected country has been Indonesiawith some 200 deadfollowed by the Indiawith 98; Malaysia, 34, and Bangladesh, with 31.

Workers help the faithful (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The heat wave affected the faithful on the pilgrimage to Mecca (Abdel Ghani BASHIR / AFP)

Morocco has announced at least 20 deathswhile The Government of Iraqi Kurdistan has reported 19 deaths during the pilgrimage.

Other countries like Iran, Libya, Holland, the United States and Syria have announced deaths.

However, in the vast majority of the statements, the causes of death of these faithful are not indicated and the number could increase in the coming days.

The ‘haj’ is one of the five pillars of Islam and is obligatory at least once in a lifetime for every Muslim whose health and resources allow it.

(With information from EFE)

 
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