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More than 1000 pilgrims have died so far due to extreme heat in Mecca, including 68 Indians

On the one hand, India is experiencing record-breaking heat this time. On the other hand, the wrath of heat is being seen in Saudi Arabia as well. The situation is such that more than 1000 pilgrims have died during Haj in Mecca amidst the scorching heat. These include 68 Indian citizens as well. According to an AFP report, the number of people who died during Haj in Saudi Arabia has exceeded 1000. Most of those who died are unregistered pilgrims.

A diplomat in Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday that 68 Indians have died during this year’s Haj pilgrimage. “We have confirmed the deaths of about 68 people… some have died of natural causes and many of them were elderly pilgrims and some have died due to weather conditions, we believe,” the diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

323 Egyptians and 60 Jordanians die in Mecca

Arab diplomats said the dead included 323 Egyptians and 60 Jordanians, and also clarified that the cause of death for all the Egyptians was heat. Other countries including Indonesia, Iran, Senegal, Tunisia have also confirmed deaths, although in many cases officials have not given the cause. According to AFP, a total of 1,000 deaths have been reported so far. Last year, more than 200 pilgrims were reported dead, most of whom were from Indonesia. Saudi Arabia has not given any information about the deaths.

Some Indians are also reported missing

The diplomat who confirmed the deaths of Indians said that some Indian pilgrims are also missing, but he declined to give the exact number. He said, “This happens every year … We cannot say that this year it is unusually high.” “It is the same as last year, but we will get more information in the coming days.” For the past several years, Hajj has been taking place during Saudi Arabia’s extreme heat. According to a Saudi study published last month, the temperature in the area where the rituals are performed is rising by 0.4 degrees Celsius (0.72 degrees Fahrenheit) every decade.