While last year’s Hajj went off incident-less, this year’s Hajj has begun with a crane collapese that killed 107 pilgrims, including Two Indians in the holy city of Mecca on Friday, 10 days before the Hajj.
Confirming the news, Indian consulate in Jeddah said 15 more Indians have been injured in the incident and are rushed to hospitals in the vicinity where they are undergoing treatment.
Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted:
“Our officials from the Indian Consulate in Jeddah have been on the ground and monitoring the situation through the night. We have received reports that 15 Indians have been injured are being assisted in various hopsitals.”
In another tweet he said that two Indians have been killed in the unfortunate accident.
— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) September 12, 2015
Here is a list of major accidents which took place in Mecca during the Haj time:
July 2, 1990 : A stampede inside a pedestrian tunnel (Al-Ma’aisim tunnel) leading out from Mecca towards Mina and the Plains of Arafat led to the deaths of 1,426 pilgrims, many of them of Malaysian, Indonesian and Pakistani origin.
May 23, 1994 : A stampede killed at least 270 pilgrims at the stoning of the Devil ritual.
April 9, 1998: at least 118 pilgrims were trampled to death and 180 injured in an incident on Jamarat Bridge.
March 5, 2001: Thirty five pilgrims were trampled to death in a stampede during the stoning of the Devil ritual.
February 11, 2003: The stoning of the Devil ritual claimed 14 pilgrims’ lives.
February 1, 2004: 251 pilgrims were killed and another 244 injured in a stampede during the stoning ritual in Mina.
January 12, 2006: A stampede during the ritual ramy al-jamarāt on the last day of the Hajj in Mina killed at least 346 pilgrims and injured at least 289 more.
December 1975: An exploding gas cylinder caused a fire in a tent colony and resulted in the deaths of 200 pilgrims.
April 15, 1997: In all, 343 pilgrims were killed and 1,500 injured in a tent fire in MINA on 8 Dhu al-Hijjah between 10 am to 12 pm, see also Mecca fire of 1997 The tents are now fireproof.
November 1, 2011: Two pilgrims, a man and his wife died in a coach fire.
Sad news coming from UAE. Crane crashed into mosque of Mecca.. 107 dead, 238 injured. pic.twitter.com/rzlItH5eAx
— Dr. Nitin Tyagi (@TheRenouncer) September 12, 2015
July 31, 1987: A clash between Iranian demonstrators and Saudi security forces brought death to more than 400 pilgrims and injury to thousands more.
July 9, 1989: Two bombs exploded, killing one pilgrim and wounding another 16. Saudi authorities executed 16 Kuwaiti Shia Muslims for the bombings after originally suspecting Iranian agents.
Jan. 5, 2006: A concrete multi-story building of Al-Ghaza Hotel located in Mecca close to the Grand Mosque collapsed on January 5, 2006 killing about 76 pilgrims and injuring 64.
Sept. 12, 2015: A crane crash resulted in 107 deaths and injured 237.