Hajj deaths: 83% deceased pilgrims were unauthorized, walked long distances under direct sunlight, says report

  • Hajj 2024: Saudi Arabia reported over 1,300 deaths during the hajj pilgrimage, with 83% of the deceased lacking official permits. The extreme heat led to fatalities as pilgrims walked long distances without proper shelter.

Written By Karishma Pranav Bhavsar
Updated24 Jun 2024, 10:58 AM IST
Hajj 2024: Muslim pilgrims use umbrellas to shade themselves from the sun as they arrive at the base of Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahma or Mount of Mercy, during the annual hajj pilgrimage on June 15, 2024.
Hajj 2024: Muslim pilgrims use umbrellas to shade themselves from the sun as they arrive at the base of Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahma or Mount of Mercy, during the annual hajj pilgrimage on June 15, 2024.

Saudi Arabia has reported that over 1,300 pilgrims lost their lives during the Hajj pilgrimage, amidst sweltering heat. The majority of the deceased were unauthorized to participate in the annual religious event, according to the official Saudi Press Agency, with a total death toll of 1,301, as reported by newswire AFP.

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"Regrettably, the number of mortalities reached 1,301, with 83 per cent being unauthorised to perform hajj and having walked long distances under direct sunlight, without adequate shelter or comfort," AFP reported, quoting the official Saudi Press Agency.

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Here are the 10 points to know

1. According to the report, the deceased came from more than 10 countries, stretching from the United States to Indonesia, and some governments are continuing to update their totals.

2. Many unregistered pilgrims lacked access to amenities such as air-conditioned tents.

3. While speaking to AFP last week, Arab diplomats said that Egyptians accounted for 658 deaths, of which 630 were unregistered pilgrims. The diplomats said the cause of death in most cases was heat-related.

4. Temperatures in Mecca this year climbed as high as 51.8 degrees Celsius (125 degrees Fahrenheit), according to Saudi Arabia's National Meteorological Centre.

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5. As per the AFP report, Riyadh is yet to make any public statements on its casualty figures; however, on Friday, a senior Saudi official informed AFP that 577 deaths occurred during the two busiest days of the hajj: June 15, when pilgrims gathered for prayers under the hot sun on Mount Arafat, and June 16, when they participated in the ritual of "stoning the devil" in Mina.

6. According to SPA, which summarised an interview Saudi Health Minister Fahd Al-Jalajel gave to the state-affiliated Al-Ekhbariya channel, described this year's management of the hajj as “successful”. He stated that the health system delivered over 465,000 specialised treatment services, including 141,000 services to individuals who did not have official authorization to perform the hajj.

7. According to Saudi officials, 1.8 million pilgrims participated in the hajj this year, similar to last year, with 1.6 million coming from outside Saudi Arabia.

8. A study published in 2019 by the journal Geophysical Research Letters warned that due to climate change, heat stress during the hajj pilgrimage will surpass the "extreme danger threshold" between 2047 to 2052 and 2079 to 2086, with increasing frequency and intensity as the century progresses.

9. As per the Gulf News report, Muslim pilgrims worldwide will experience the last summer Hajj next year "before a 17-year hiatus from the hotter months." This means that the Hajj season will enter a new phase of climate change during the year 2026. "We will not witness summer Hajj until after 17 years,” Hussein Al-Qahtani, spokesman of the Saudi National Meteorological Center (NMC), was quoted by Saudi Gazette as saying.

10. Another report cited Dr Mansour Al Mazroui, a member of the Shoura Council and climate change researcher, as saying that the Hajj season will coincide with the summer season next year (2025). Then, it will move to the spring season for eight years, and after that, it will move to the winter season.

(With inputs from AFP)

 

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First Published:24 Jun 2024, 10:58 AM IST
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