Over 1300 individuals useless throughout 2024 Hajj pilgrimage amid heatwave | EUROtoday

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At least 1,301 individuals died throughout this 12 months’s Hajj pilgrimage that happened throughout an distinctive heatwave in Saudi Arabia, in line with an official demise toll.

This 12 months about 1.8 million pilgrims arrived within the holy metropolis of Mecca and walked lengthy distances amid a lethal heatwave with temperatures exceeding 51C (125F).

Saudi well being minister Fahd bin Abdurrahman Al-Jalajel stated 83 per cent of the full fatalities had been unauthorised pilgrims who arrived within the metropolis with out a allow, because the Islamic desert kingdom confronted criticism over poor administration.

According to experiences, they walked lengthy distances below direct daylight with out correct shelter.

Mr Al-Jalajel advised the state-owned Al Ekhbariya TV that 95 pilgrims had been nonetheless being handled in hospitals and a few of them had been airlifted to the capital for remedy.

However, the identification course of was delayed as a result of there have been no identification paperwork for lots of the useless pilgrims.

Muslim pilgrims gather at the top of the rocky hill known as the Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat
Muslim pilgrims collect on the prime of the rocky hill often called the Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat (AP)

Hajj, which is an compulsory non secular obligation for Muslims who’re bodily and financially in a position to undertake the journey at the least as soon as of their lifetime, started on 14 June this 12 months.

The Saudi Arabian authorities offers a set variety of visas yearly. However, a whole bunch of hundreds of pilgrims who will not be in a position to safe permits nonetheless journey on vacationer visas organized by unlicensed tour operators.

The authorities has been criticised for his or her administration amid rising deaths. People complained of a scarcity of air conditioned tents and official Hajj transport as many packed into overcrowded mosques.

Around 660 individuals from Egypt died through the pilgrimage however solely 31 of them had been authorised, officers in Cairo stated, with authorities revoking licenses of 16 journey companies.

More than 200 individuals from Indonesia and 98 from India have died in Mecca. Pakistan, Malaysia, Jordan, Iran, Senegal and Sudan have additionally confirmed deaths.

Rescuers carry away a man, affected by the scorching heat, on a stretcher as Muslim pilgrims arrive to perform the symbolic 'stoning of the devil' ritual as part of the hajj pilgrimage
Rescuers carry away a person, affected by the scorching warmth, on a stretcher as Muslim pilgrims arrive to carry out the symbolic ‘stoning of the satan’ ritual as a part of the hajj pilgrimage (AFP through Getty Images)

Jordan stated it has detained journey brokers who had been a part of a racket organising unofficial journey of Muslims to Mecca. Two US residents have additionally died in Mecca.

Tunisia president Kais Saied stated their minister of non secular affairs was sacked after 49 residents died through the pilgrimage.

According to the Saudi National Center for Meteorology, the utmost temperature ranges between 46C and 49C in Mecca and across the metropolis.

Deaths will not be uncommon through the Hajj as a result of lengthy voyages in earlier occasions and bodily demanding rituals. But this 12 months’s tally was unusually excessive, suggesting distinctive circumstances.

A man, affected by the scorching heat, is helped by another Muslim pilgrim as they arrive to perform the symbolic 'stoning of the devil' ritual during the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mina
A person, affected by the scorching warmth, is helped by one other Muslim pilgrim as they arrive to carry out the symbolic ‘stoning of the satan’ ritual through the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mina (AFP through Getty Images)

In 2015, over 2,400 pilgrims had been killed in a stampede in Mina, the deadliest incident ever to strike the pilgrimage. Saudi Arabia has by no means acknowledged the total toll of the stampede. A separate crane collapse at Mecca’s Grand Mosque earlier the identical 12 months killed 111.

In 1990, greater than 1,426 individuals had been killed in a stampede.

Climate change is predicted to make the Hajj pilgrimage extra riskier.

A 2019 research by consultants on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discovered that even when the world succeeds in mitigating the worst results of local weather change, the Hajj can be held in temperatures exceeding an “extreme danger threshold” from 2047 to 2052, and from 2079 to 2086.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/hajj-2024-deaths-pilgrims-heatwave-b2567569.html