Death toll of Indians in Mecca crane collapse rises to 11

  • PTI, Jeddah
  • Updated: Sep 24, 2015 14:25 IST
A collapsed crane and emergency services vehicles are seen near the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. The accident happened as pilgrims from around the world converged for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which takes place this month, killing dozens. (AP Photo)

Nine more Indians were on Sunday confirmed dead in the Grand Mosque crane collapse in Mecca, taking the toll to 11. The incident, which occurred ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage, has claimed 115 lives so far.

"...our officials have unfortunately confirmed that an additional 9 Indian pilgrims have died in the tragic accident," external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in New Delhi.

"While our officials on the ground in Mecca continue to provide assistance to the injured Indians, Saudi authorities permitted the opening of the mortuary for identification of deceased pilgrims on Sunday, the 13th evening," he said.

The mission is extending all necessary help to the families in order to complete formalities in Mecca, he added.

On Saturday, two Indian women pilgrims who died in the tragedy weere identified as Moniza Ahmed from West Bengal and Muameena Ismail from Kerala.

""According to latest information available, 19 Indians are reported to be injured. None are in critical condition. However, as informed earlier today, 2 Indians have tragically passed away - one from West Bengal and the other from Kerala," a press release from the foreign ministry said.

The nine people who died in the crane crash were on Sunday identified as Mohd Hanif, Tabassum, Hassan Kharaj, Zafar Sheikh, Zakira Begum, Mohammed Abdul Khadar, Fatima Begum, Shameem Bano and Khader Bee.

With more Indians confirmed dead in Mecca, the new toll following the crash of a huge red crane into a part of the Grand Mosque filled with worshippers on Friday has gone up to 115, less than two weeks before the annual pilgrimage.

Among the injured are three each from Maharashtra, Telangana, UP and MP, two each from Delhi and West Bengal, and one each from Punjab, Bihar and Assam.

Thousands of pilgrims, including hundreds of Indians, have already arrived in Mecca for Haj. Saudi authorities have ordered a probe into the incident.

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