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Hajj: Scorching heat and intense heatwaves kill over 1300 Muslims during holy pilgrimage

This year, more than 1,300 people have died during the Haj pilgrimage amid the scorching heat in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's Health Minister gave this information. Deaths are not uncommon during the Hajj, which sometimes sees more than two million people travel to Saudi Arabia during the Hajj.

By: Ruchi Upadhyay  Pardaphash Group
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Hajj: Scorching heat and intense heatwaves kill over 1300 Muslims during holy pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia: This year, more than 1,300 people have died during the Haj pilgrimage amid the scorching heat in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s Health Minister gave this information. Deaths are not uncommon during the Hajj, which sometimes sees more than two million people travel to Saudi Arabia during the Hajj.

Apart from this, there have been incidents of stampede and epidemic in the past during Haj pilgrimage. According to an article published in the April edition of the Journal of Infection and Public Health, millions of people from low-income countries come for Hajj each year, “many of whom receive little or no pre-Hajj health care.” Get it.”

It says that infectious diseases can spread among the people gathered. However, the number of deaths this year suggests that the reason for the increase in deaths was something else. Several countries, including Jordan and Tunisia, have said some of their passengers died due to the heat hitting the holy sites in Mecca. Near the main mosque on Wednesday, Indian pilgrim Khalid Bashir Bajaj said he saw “many people fainting and falling on the ground” during this year’s Hajj.

Temperatures in Mecca and religious sites around the city reached 47 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, according to the Saudi National Center for Meteorology. Some people fainted while trying to symbolically stone the devil. Many Egyptians said they were separated from loved ones in the heat and crowds. According to Saudi Hajj authorities, more than 1.83 million Muslims performed Hajj in 2024, including more than 1.6 million people from 22 countries and 2,22,000 Saudi citizens and residents.

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