Hajj pilgrimage, 19 dead as a result of extreme heat

2024-06-16 21:18:13 / BOTA ALFA PRESS

Hajj pilgrimage, 19 dead as a result of extreme heat
At least 14 Jordanian pilgrims and five Iranians died in Saudi Arabia during the great annual hajj pilgrimage, which takes place in unbearable heat, authorities in their countries said on Sunday without specifying the causes of the deaths.

The annual hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam, began on Friday in Mecca, in western Saudi Arabia, with more than 1.8 million worshippers, most of whom have come from abroad.

This year it is taking place in summer, in one of the hottest regions of the world where the thermometer reached 46 degrees Celsius yesterday, Saturday.

Saudi authorities have not published the number of cases of hyperthermia among pilgrims, but last year they say there were more than 10,000 cases, 10% of which were cases of heatstroke, which is the most severe.

All Muslims should make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime if they have the opportunity. The Hajj consists of a series of rituals performed over four days.