Indian pilgrim injured in Saudi building collapse

All other Indians are safe. The building was mainly occupied by pilgrims from Europe.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2006 21:53 IST

A woman Haj pilgrim from Kerala was slightly injured in the collapse of an eight-storeyed building in Mecca in which scores of devotees, mainly Europeans, were reportedly killed on Thursday.

Pathunnu, hailing from Malappuram and having batch no KL-2132, sustained a scratch in her face and was discharged after first aid, Indian Consul General Ausaf Sayeed said.

The woman was passing by the ill-fated building when the mishap occurred at around 1.20 PM (3.50 IST), the official said after visiting the site.

All other Indians were safe, he said, pointing out that the building was mainly occupied by pilgrims from Europe.

The cause of the collapse was not immediately clear.

Rescuers were clearing the debris in an effort to salvage the survivors and extricate the bodies of those killed.

First Published: Jan 05, 2006 21:22 IST