Heat Wave in Saudi Arabia Claims Over 1,000 Lives, Including Six Ghanaians

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Six Ghanaians have succumbed to a severe heat wave in Mecca, as temperatures soared past 41 degrees Celsius in Saudi Arabia.

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This development, confirmed by Abdul Rahman Alhassan Gomba, Spokesperson of the Hajj Board, brings the Ghanaian death toll to eight, following two earlier deaths reported on June 13.

The heat wave struck while the pilgrims were in Madina for their religious journey, leading Saudi authorities to impose a midday curfew, confining pilgrims to their tents from noon to 4 p.m.

The extreme heat has led to over 1,000 fatalities among those participating in the Hajj pilgrimage, including nationals from other countries such as Georgia.

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Gomba revealed that initial reports suggested the deaths were of Georgian pilgrims, but it later emerged that Ghanaians were also victims. He mentioned that the identification of the deceased, complicated by non-Hajj visa statuses for some, was being handled meticulously through fingerprinting at the morgue.

Although the exact number of Ghanaian casualties is still being confirmed, it is currently reported that six have died due to the heat wave, pending autopsy results.

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