February 07, 2018

Hajj tragedy death toll mounts to 2,110, new tally shows

By Zabihullah Moosakhail - Tue Oct 20 2015, 12:24 pm

SaudiThe death toll from the crush and stampede during the Hajj performance in Saudi Arabia has mounted to 2,110 people, a tally by Associated Press shows.

The figure published on Monday comes from state media reports and officials’ comments from countries affected in the two incidents.

Iran leads all of the 31 affected countries with 465 deaths. The other countries include Afghanistan that lost two pilgrims, Pakistan lost 102, India lost 116, Egypt lost 182, China lost 4, Nigeria lost 199, Mali lost 198, Cameroon lost 76, Niger lost 72, Senegal lost 61, Bangladesh lost 137, Indonesia lost 126, Ethiopia lost 47, Chad lost 43, Morocco lost 33, Sudan lost 30, Algeria lost 25, Burkina Faso lost 22, Tanzania lost 20, Somalia lost 10, Kenya lost eight, Ghana and Turkey lost seven, Ivory Coast and Benin both lost 52, Myanmar and Libya lost six, and Malaysia and Jordan lost one.

However, the toll provided by Saudi authorities stand at 769 deaths and 934 injured.

Authorities say that the investigation is still ongoing.

Saudi Press Agency reports that a meeting was held about the result of the investigation late on Sunday which was overseen by  Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz, the kingdom’s Interior Minister.

“The crown prince was reassured on the progress of the investigations,” the report stated. “He directed the committee’s members to continue their efforts to find the causes of the accident, praying to Allah Almighty to accept the martyrs and wishing the injured a speedy recovery.”

Last month’s Hajj tragedy is the deadliest-ever recorded.

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