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DEATHS OF INDIAN PILGRIMS DURING HAJ PILGRIMAGE



  Jun 26, 2024

DEATHS OF INDIAN PILGRIMS DURING HAJ PILGRIMAGE



1. HOW MANY INDIANS PARTICIPATED IN HAJ THIS YEAR?

This year, 1,75,000 Indians visited Mecca for the Haj pilgrimage from May 9 to July 22, 2024.

2. HOW MANY INDIAN PILGRIMS DIED DURING THE HAJ PILGRIMAGE THIS YEAR?

A total of 98 Indian pilgrims have died during the Haj pilgrimage this year.

3. WHAT WERE THE CAUSES OF DEATH?

The deaths were primarily due to natural causes, chronic illnesses, and old age. Additionally, six people died on the day of Arafat, and four deaths were related to accidents.

4. HOW DOES THIS YEAR’S DEATH TOLL COMPARE TO LAST YEAR’S?

Last year, 187 Indian pilgrims died during the entire Haj period. This year’s death toll is lower, with 98 reported deaths so far.

5. WHAT MEASURES ARE IN PLACE TO SUPPORT PILGRIMS’ HEALTH AND SAFETY?

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) monitors the well-being of Indian pilgrims and provides necessary assistance. Medical facilities and emergency response teams are available at pilgrimage sites to handle health issues and emergencies.

6. HOW DOES THE MEA RESPOND TO SUCH INCIDENTS?

The MEA tracks incidents and provides updates during media briefings. They also coordinate with local authorities to ensure that the families of the deceased are informed and supported.

7. WHAT CAN BE DONE TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF DEATHS IN FUTURE PILGRIMAGES?

To mitigate health risks, several measures can be considered:

• Pre-Travel Health Assessments: Mandatory health check-ups for pilgrims, especially the elderly and those with chronic conditions.
• Enhanced Medical Facilities: Improved medical facilities and emergency response teams at pilgrimage sites.
• Awareness Campaigns: Informative campaigns to educate pilgrims about the physical demands of the pilgrimage and necessary precautions.

8. WHY DO HEALTH RISKS INCREASE DURING THE HAJ PILGRIMAGE?

The Haj pilgrimage is a physically demanding journey involving long periods of walking and exposure to extreme weather conditions. Elderly individuals and those with chronic health conditions are particularly vulnerable.

9. HOW DOES THE MEA COMMUNICATE ABOUT THESE INCIDENTS?

The MEA provides updates during weekly media briefings and through official statements. They aim to maintain transparency and keep the public informed about the well-being of pilgrims.

10. WHAT SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE FOR THE FAMILIES OF THE DECEASED?

The MEA coordinates with local authorities and provides support to the families of the deceased, including assistance with the necessary formalities and repatriation processes.

The Ministry of External Affairs continues to prioritize the health and safety of Indian pilgrims, taking steps to ensure their well-being during the Haj pilgrimage.


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