2 Bengaluru Pilgrims Among 1000 Who Died Of Heat During Hajj

The deceased have been identified as Kouser Rukhsana (69) from RT Nagar and Abdul Ansari (54) from Frazer Town, according to officials.
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2 Bengaluru Pilgrims Among 1000 Who Died Of Heat During Hajj

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Bengaluru: Two pilgrims from Bengaluru were among the people who lost their lives during this year's Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. The faithful encountered severe high temperatures at the Islamic holy sites in the desert kingdom, officials said on Thursday.
The deceased have been identified as Kouser Rukhsana (69) from RT Nagar and Abdul Ansari (54) from Frazer Town, according to officials.
The two pilgrims from Bengaluru, like several others from different countries, succumbed to dehydration and sunstroke exacerbated by the intense heatwave.
"The tragedy occurred when the pilgrims were reportedly taking part in the Ramy al-jamarat (stoning of the devil) ritual at Mina valley located on the outskirts of Mecca," S Sarfaraz Khan, Executive Officer of the Karnataka State Haj Committee, told PTI.
Referring to customs and agreements with the Saudi Arabian government, he mentioned that the bodies of pilgrims who pass away during the pilgrimage are not repatriated to their places of origin.
"So, bodies of both Rukhsana and Ansari have been buried there by the authorities concerned and death certificates will also be handed over to their spouses," Khan said.
According to him, both victims, along with other pilgrims, were scheduled to return home on June 22.
This year, the state government received nearly 13,500 applications, out of which over 10,300 people embarked on the Hajj pilgrimage.
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