Haj stampede: Death toll of Indians reaches 74, many still missing

The death toll of Indian pilgrims killed in the Haj stampede in Mecca has reached 74. Many pilgrims are still missing.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Saudi authorities have released a new list of Indians who were killed in the incident. According to the latest list, the number of Indians killed now stands at 74.

According to Saudi authorities, 769 Muslim pilgrims were killed in a stampede at the annual Haj near the holy city of Mecca on September 24. According to reports, tallies of the dead from foreign officials and media put the toll at 1,036.

The stampede broke out after two massive lines of pilgrims converged on each other from different directions at an intersection close to the five-storey Jamarat Bridge in Mina for symbolic stoning of the devil.

It was the second major accident this year during the annual Haj. A construction crane had collapsed on September 11 at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, killing over 100 people, including 11 Indians.

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