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98 Indian pilgrims died during Haj, six on Day of Arafat amid intense heat: MEA

98 Indian pilgrims died during Haj, six on Day of Arafat amid intense heat: MEA

New Delhi, June 21 (UNI) Ninety-eight Indian Haj pilgrims have died this year so far, including six on the Day of Arafat – the day before Eid al-Adha, when millions of faithful congregated at the holy site amid the intense heat, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday.
Of the 98 Indians who died, while six died on the Day of Arafat, four died due to accidents, and the rest of the deaths were due to natural causes, like illness, old age and chronic illness, the MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said here.
“This year so far, 175,000 Indians have gone for Haj. The core Haj period is from May 9 to July 22. So far, 98 Indians have died, on account of natural causes, like illness, natural causes, chronic illness, and old age,” he said.

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