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Mecca under mighty heat! At least 600 people died during the pilgrimage.

Deaths during pilgrimage to Mecca exceed 600.

Pilgrimage to  Mecca  under powerful heat! At least 600 people died during this year’s pilgrimage to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, in temperatures that reached 49ºC in recent days, according to data mentioned by the newspaper The New York Times. Several other pilgrims fainted and needed medical attention due to the heat.

According to the publication, Indonesia and India were the countries that reported the most deaths, with 199 and 98 deaths, respectively. The numbers are expected to increase in the coming days, as Saudi Arabia and Egypt, where many pilgrims come from, have not released the numbers.

Authorities said it is not possible to be certain that all of the deaths were caused by heat, although family members and witnesses have cited high temperatures as a determining factor.

In response to the high number of deaths, the Egyptian government created emergency centers to receive calls for help and coordinate the government’s response, according to the New York Times.

Mecca welcomes Muslims from all over the world for five days

Muslims travel from all over the world to Mecca every year to undertake the five-day trip , which ended last Wednesday (19/06). The event is one of the five pillars of Islam, and all Muslims who have the financial and physical capacity must perform the ritual at least once in their lives.

This year, many pilgrims complained that there were not enough cooling or rain stations for everyone in Mecca. Authorities attributed part of the problem to the many people who did not formally register for the trip , possibly to avoid high package costs.

More than 1.8 million people made the trip to Mecca this year, in business with Poder Universal Statistical . Of these, 1.6 million came from abroad. Jordan, Tunisia and Pakistan were other countries that recorded deaths.

The first recorded journey took place in the year 632 and, over the centuries, it became one of the largest Muslim meetings in the world. The event has already been plagued by a series of calamities, including fires and disease outbreaks. In 2006, for example, a riot on a bridge killed more than 300 people; another, in 2015, killed more than 2,200.

Millions of people have been impacted by extreme weather events and prolonged heat waves across the world in recent years. The IPCC ( Intergovernmental Framework for Climate Change) has already stated that it is now unequivocal that part of these changes are caused by human action.

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