Hajj Pilgrimage: Over 1,000 Dead in Severe 52C Heatwave

Hajj Pilgrimage: Over 1,000 Dead in Severe 52C Heatwave

The annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca has turned deadly for more than 1,000 people due to extreme heat in Saudi Arabia. The temperatures have soared to close to 52C, causing many pilgrims to suffer from heatstroke and dehydration.

Most of the victims have been on unofficial trips, lacking access to basic cooling measures such as water stops and air conditioned areas. This year, around two million people participated in the Hajj, but many opt for unofficial journeys due to the high costs of official permits.

This tragic event underscores the importance of providing proper facilities and support for all pilgrims during the Hajj. As the death toll continues to rise, it is vital that measures are put in place to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

BBC News reporter, Caroline Hawley, brings us the latest updates on this devastating situation. Stay tuned for more news and analysis on www.bbc.com/news. #BBCNews.

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