Mecca: The death toll of Indian Hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia's Mina stampede has increased to 58 whereas 78 people are still unaccounted for.
"We have lost 58 Indians. As many as 78 are missing. We are doing everything to locate our people," Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet today.
The Indian government has facilitated visits of relatives of missing pilgrims and tour operators to the complex for identification of victims.
The crush happened as two large groups of pilgrims converged as they were taking part in stone throwing ceremony in Minna on 24th September one of the Hajj's major rites.
The pilgrims throw seven stones at pillars called Jamarat, which stand at the place where Satan is believed to have tempted the Prophet Abraham.
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