Friday, September 25, 2015

Hajj Stampede: 21 Cameroonians Declared Dead in Saudi Arabia

21 Cameroonians have been declared dead during the stampede that occurred at the Hajj Pilgrimage outside the Holy city of Meca, Cameroon Radio Television said in its 5pm news today. Panic has gribbed   It should be recalled that more than 700 people died and at least 800 were injured during that incident.
It was the deadliest incident to hit the annual Hajj in years and the second this season, coming less than two weeks after 107 worshipers were killed when strong winds toppled a crane at Mecca's Grand Mosque.
Saudi Arabia's civil defense directorate said the crush happened at around 9 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET) after there was a "sudden rise" in the number of pilgrims traveling along a major road leading to the site of a stone-throwing ritual. In the hours after the tragedy, the death toll steadily climbed. By 3:30 p.m. local time, the number of dead stood at 717 and the number of injured at 805.More than 220 rescue vehicles and 4,000 people were helping respond to the incident.

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