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Hajj Death Toll Surpasses 900 as Temperatures Soar, Climate Change Takes a Deadly Toll

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The Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia has seen a devastating death toll of over 1,000 people this year, with the majority of fatalities attributed to the extreme heat reaching over 50°C (120°F) in Mecca.

Countries like Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, and Iran have reported hundreds of their citizens dying from heat-related illnesses during the pilgrimage. The scorching temperatures, exacerbated by climate change, have overwhelmed the Saudi authorities' efforts to provide adequate cooling facilities and medical support for the over 1.8 million pilgrims who participated in this year's Hajj.

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[1] https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/hajj-pilgrimage-death-toll-climbs-to-over-1000-as-temperature-soars-past-100-f-in-mecca/articleshow/111138494.cms
[2] https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c3ggj0809dqo
[3] https://edition.cnn.com/2024/06/19/middleeast/hajj-deaths-mecca-extreme-heat-intl-latam/index.html
[4] https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/18/hundreds-of-hajj-pilgrims-die-in-mecca-from-heat-related-illness
[5] https://www.lemonde.fr/en/religions/article/2024/06/21/mecca-sees-over-1-000-deaths-during-the-hajj-a-pilgrimage-threatened-by-climate-change_6675348_63.html

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