thousands of people evacuate their villages

thousands of people evacuate their villages
thousands of people evacuate their villages

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Hajj: Saudi Arabia warns of heat peak, several deaths

Saudi Arabia warned Monday of extreme temperatures in Mecca, where more than a dozen heat-related deaths have been confirmed at the great Muslim pilgrimage. The annual rite, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, took place this year again in summer, a particularly hot season in Saudi Arabia. More than 2,700 cases of “heat exhaustion” were recorded on Sunday alone, the Ministry of Health said. end of the great pilgrimage. On Monday, temperatures were expected to reach up to 49 degrees Celsius in Mecca, Islam’s first holy city in the west of the country, where pilgrims were completing the hajj. Some were around the Kabaa, a cubic construction in the center of the Great Mosque, while others completed the ritual of stoning Satan in the valley near Mina, in front of steles symbolizing the devil on which they threw stones.” holy places today record the highest temperatures since the start of the hajj which can reach 49 degrees, and we advise God’s guests not to expose themselves to the sun,” the Ministry of Health said, according to the channel state television El-Ekhbariya. Saudi weather reported on due to the extreme heat wave”, and that 17 others were “missing”. Tehran reported the death of five Iranian pilgrims, without specifying the cause of their death, while Dakar said that three Senegalese pilgrims were also deceased. “Prevention is important, and pilgrims should not go out during the hottest hours, unless necessary, or use an umbrella,” stressed the Saudi Ministry of Health in a press release cited by El-Ekhbariya. “Our health instructions for the days to come are clear and simple: carry an umbrella, drink water regularly and avoid exposure to the sun,” he added. This year, the hajj attracted around 1 .8 million pilgrims, including 1.6 million from abroad, according to the Saudi authorities. – “Very difficult day” – Monday, in Mina, pilgrims sprinkled their heads with water while the authorities distributed drinks fresh ice cream and chocolate ice cream that melted quickly. Azza Hamid Brahim, a 61-year-old Egyptian, said she saw motionless bodies on the side of the road as she walked to and from the steles representing Satan. “It looked like the Last Judgment, the end of the world. “It was a very difficult day. We said to ourselves: ‘It’s over, we are going to die’ because of the heatwave,” she told AFP. Arzu Farhaj, from Pakistan, said that She had tried to find help for a woman who was lying on the side of the road. “She had no one. And people were passing by” indifferent, she explained. “We asked security to call an ambulance or something, but there was no such thing.”The hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and Muslims who perform it means must accomplish it at least once in their life.It is a source of prestige and legitimacy for Saudi Arabia, whose king bears the title of “Guardian of the Two Holy Mosques” of Mecca and Medina.In a message, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, said on Sunday that his country had a duty to “do everything to help the faithful worship safely and confidently”.dou-rcb/ mh/year

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