Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– Six Bangladeshis were found death among the 717 pilgrims who died in a stampede near the holy city of Mecca on Thursday.
Three of the victims hailed from Sonagazi upazila of Feni district while one from Sumanganj, Dinajpur and Jamalpur each districts, according local media reports.
Meanwhile, deaths reported officially so far by nationality, Iran: 131, India: 14, Egypt: 8, Pakistan: 6, Senegal: 5, Tanzania: 4, Turkey: 4, Indonesia: 3, Kenya: 3, Nigeria: 3, Netherlands: 1 and Burundi: 1.
Other nationalities (numbers not yet known): Niger and Chad, reports BBC.
Saudi help lines: 00966 125458000 and 00966 125496000
A horrific stampede killed at least 717 pilgrims and injured hundreds more on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, the deadliest tragedy to strike the annual hajj pilgrimage in more than two decades.
It was the second major disaster during this year’s hajj season, raising questions about the adequacy of measures put in place by Saudi authorities to ensure the safety of the roughly 2.0 million Muslims taking part in the pilgrimage.
A crane collapse in Mecca nearly two weeks earlier left 111 people dead.