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More than 550 pilgrims died due to heat during Hajj

The ministry had cautioned pilgrims to take precautionary measures and avoid direct exposure to sunlight. Pilgrims were also advised to use umbrellas and drink water as much as possible.

More than 550 pilgrims have died during Hajj due to extreme heat. Nearly 2000 people were being treated for heatstroke as temperatures hit exceedingly high during the annual pilgrimage in Makkah and surrounding holy sites.

At least 320 of those who died were Egyptians. Among the dead are 60 Jordanians as well. The Jordanian officials said, “monitoring the procedures for burying Jordanian pilgrims who passed away during the haj after suffering from heatstroke as a result of the extreme heat wave”. Heat has been the major cause of death during Hajj this year.

Temperatures at some mountainous Holy sites during the Hajj are expected to rise up to 72 degrees, warns Saudi Authorities.

The ministry had cautioned pilgrims to take precautionary measures and avoid direct exposure to sunlight. Pilgrims were also advised to use umbrellas and drink water as much as possible. The ministry noted that this year’s Hajj is difficult for pilgrims in terms of extraordinarily high temperatures.

“This year’s Hajj season in Makkah presents unique challenges due to exceptionally high temperatures,” remarked a spokesperson from the Ministry of Health. “Our priority is the safety and well-being of all pilgrims, and we urge them to follow our recommendations closely to mitigate any health risks.”

Read more: Temperatures at some Holy sites to hit 72 degrees during Hajj: Saudi Ministry

Pilgrims were also advised to avoid outdoor activities from 11 AM to 3 PM. The ministry has taken several measures to facilitate the pilgrims under the harsh weather and circumstances. Even before the start of the Hajj, authorities had warned the pilgrims of high temperatures this year. Temperatures might exceed 45 degrees Celsius. The temperature in Makkah during Hajj was recorded at around 51 degrees Celsius.

Pilgrims were also advised to stay updated regarding weather alerts and advisories for a safe and fulfilling experience.

Saudi Arabia has also launched the world’s first self-driving flying taxi. The taxi will facilitate the transport of pilgrims between holy sites, apart from providing logistics services.