Masjid al Haram in Makkah,107 killed, 238 injured as crane crashes
A monstrous development crane collided with Makkah’s Grand Mosque in stormy climate Friday, killing no less than 107 individuals and harming 238, Saudi powers said, not as much as a fortnight before the hajj journey begins.
That happened an hour after it tweeted that Makkah was “seeing medium to overwhelming downpours,” with a few photos coursing on social mediashowing lightning.
The towering crane toppled forward, crushing through a piece on the eastern side of the mosque where the long hall for Saffa-Marwa are found.
Chief General of Civil Defense group later said that solid winds had brought on the crane to topple over.
Upwards of 50 salvage laborers were working with around 80 ambulances remaining by.
Photos of the occurrence on Twitter indicated bloodied bodies strewn over a patio where the top piece of the crane, which seemed to have bowed or snapped, had collided with the few story-high building.
He added in a subsequent tweet that despite the tragedy, this year’s hajj will go on as per schedule, directing officials concerned to “rearrange” and “restore” the site of the crash. He further said that the Saudi government will provide facilities to the injured to complete their religious obligations.
Meanwhile, online activists created a hashtag on Twitter urging Makkah residents to donate blood at hospitals in the area.
No details were immediately available on the nationalities of the victims.
But Iran’s official IRNA news agency, quoting the head of the Hajj Organisation, said that 15 Iranian pilgrims were among those injured.
Most of them were treated as outpatients, Saeid Ohadi said.
A massive project is currently underway to expand the area of the mosque by 400,000 square metres (4.3 million square feet), allowing it to accommodate up to 2.2 million people at once.
The mosque is surrounded by a number of cranes.
The hajj has largely been incident-free during the past few years, with Saudi Arabia investing billions of dollars in transport and other infrastructure to facilitate the movement of the huge numbers of people who take part.
The official SPA news agency said in a statement that by Friday, almost 800,000 pilgrims had arrived into the kingdom for hajj.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has extended all possible help to the kingdom, directing its ambassador in Riyadh to visit patients in hospitals.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also expressed his deep condolences over the unfortunate incident, Radio Pakistan reported.
Nearly 100,000 Pakistanis are in Saudi Arabia to perform hajj.