Indian Death Toll In Haj Tragedy Rises To 35

27/09/2015 5:29 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Hajj pilgrims and Saudi emergency personnel carry a woman on a stretcher at the site where at least 450 were killed and hundreds wounded in a stampede in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, at the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2015. The stampede, the second deadly accident to strike the pilgrims this year, broke out during the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual, the Saudi civil defence service said. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 35 Indians have lost their lives to the tragic stampede outside the holy city of Mecca that killed at least 769 people and injured 860 others, confirmed the Indian ministry of external affairs on Sunday.

"Unfortunately, there are six more Indians taking the toll to 35," tweeted external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. "Saudi authorities have released photos of 1090 pilgrims who have died in Haj stampede."

While the ministry is facilitating visits of relatives of missing pilgrims and tour operators to the complex for identification of bodies, Indians volunteers have also turned up in large numbers to assist local authorities, said Swaraj.

Makkah Helpline Numbers

MEA's 24X7 Mission helpline numbers:

00966125458000

00966125496000

Toll-free number for pilgrims in Kingdom: 8002477786

Control room for assistance to affected families from Mina stampede.

Posted by Haj Mission, Indian Consulate, Jeddah on Sunday, September 27, 2015

Nearly 1.5 lakh Indians had gone on the Haj pilgrimage to Mecca this year. The stampede occurred on Thursday when Haj pilgrims jostled their way to perform symbolic stoning of the devil in Mina at the holy Mecca, marking the culmination of the annual pilgrimage.

Thursday's tragedy occurred outside the five-storey Jamarat Bridge, which was erected in the last decade at a cost of more than $1 billion and intended to improve safety.

(with agency inputs)

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