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Hajj 2024: Sgr couple among 10 Kashmiri pilgrims die of 'heat stroke

 Hajj 2024: Sgr couple among 10 Kashmiri pilgrims die of 'heat stroke'

Mubashir Alam Wani

Srinagar, Jun 20 (KNO): As the Hajj 2024 pilgrimage concluded, ten Kashmiri pilgrims including a husband-wife duo from Srinagar have died due to 'heat stroke' in Arafat and Muzdalifa in Saudi Arabia, said an official on Thursday.

A senior Jammu and Kashmir Hajj officer informed the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the extreme temperatures experienced during the pilgrimage took a toll on the health of several pilgrims, resulting in the death of ten Kashmiri pilgrims, including eight women and two men.

"The temperature has been soaring, and unfortunately, ten pilgrims from Kashmir including a couple from Srinagar have succumbed to heat stroke," the official stated.

The official stated that among the ten deceased includes a Srinagar based couple too.

As per the officials, the deaths have taken place in Arafat and Muzdalifa, and among the dead eight are women and two men.

The official said that during the ongoing holy pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, temperatures even soared to a scorching over 48°C, saying that despite hot weather conditions, pilgrims persevered in performing their religious duties.

The senior officer said that the Saudi government shifted the bodies immediately to hospital on the 9th evening from Arafat and on 10th evening from Muzdalifa, and that after biometric identification they were publishing a list of those who had expired.

The official said the deceased pilgrims were accompanied by their relatives, and it has been confirmed that they will be buried in Makkah.

According to the officials, this year, over 7000 pilgrims from the region undertook the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and Madina.

Of these, approximately 6800 pilgrims departed through the Srinagar embarkation point, while over 500 pilgrims traveled from other airports.

Meanwhile, the officials have said that the arrival of J&K pilgrims will start from 22 June and in the first batch 322 pilgrims will be arriving at Srinagar international airport—(KNO)

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