8 Burmese dead, 3 missing in Hajj stampede

8 Burmese dead, 3 missing in Hajj stampede

Another two Burmese pilgrims have been confirmed dead in the Hajj stampede disaster, bringing the death toll to eight Burmese with three still listed as missing.

Ko Ko Latt, an executive member of the Myanmar Muslim National Federation, told DVB that in addition to the deceased, three Burmese Muslims remain missing in the aftermath of the 24 September disaster in the Muslim holy city of Mecca.

“According to the latest information we have, two more Burmese nationals have been reported dead. One other pilgrim is currently in hospital. Of the three still missing, two are from Rangoon and one from Moulmein,” he said.

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“The family of the missing pilgrims are now traveling to Saudi Arabia to assist with a DNA test to identify them.”

He added that the Saudi embassy had issued visas to the families without significant delays.

More than 700 pilgrims from around the world died in the shocking tragedy when two large crowds crashed into each other at an intersection in Mina. Panic took over and many tried to escape. More than 800 people were injured in the resulting stampede, which is said to be the deadliest incident at Hajj in the past 25 years.

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