Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)-At least 26 Bangladeshi among the 769 pilgrims killed in last week’s stampede in Saudi Arabia during the Muslim’s hajj.
Out of 26, names of 13 have been found and the remaining 13 are yet to be identified.
The ministry of foreign affairs has issued a press release in this regard on Tuesday afternoon.
Relatives, accompanying pilgrims and hajj agents of the missing pilgrims have been requested to contact Bangladesh Hajj Mission at Makkah (room no 107, phone- 00966-(0)125413980, [email protected]) with a view to help identify the dead bodies.
As reported, Saudi authorities are yet to release photos of all dead bodies of the victims of Mina incident.
They would release more photos and particulars of dead bodies for identification soon and actual casualties of Bangladesh pilgrims may likely increase.
Officials of Bangladesh Consulate General in Jeddah along with the officials of Bangladesh Hajj Mission at Makkah and the medical and administrative team for Hajj are working to identify the dead bodies of the deceased pilgrims as well as to ensure proper treatment of the injured pilgrims in different hospitals at Makkah and Jeddah.
33 Bangladesh pilgrims are currently admitted in different hospitals for treatment.
The stampede occurred Thursday morning during the ritual known as “stoning the devil” in the tent city of Mina, about 2 miles from Mecca, Islam’s holiest city.
Hundreds have been killed in past years during the same ceremony, and it comes only 13 days after a crane collapse killed more than 100 people at another major Islamic holy site, the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
The incident is the deadliest disaster at Mina since 1990, when 1,426 people died.