Death toll of Ghanaian nationals who perished in the pilgrims’ disaster in Mecca early this month continues to rise. The latest figure has now reached 12 while 29 others were reported missing.
Most of the casualties were as a result of the stampede in Mina which claimed over thousand lives.
According to the deputy communications director for the Hajj Board Mohammed Amin Lamptey there are other Ghanaian pilgrims on admission at various hospitals as a result of the stampede.
A total of 5,309 Ghanaian Muslims are in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia performing this year’s pilgrimage.
News reports revealed that they are about 2 million Muslims pilgrimage from across the globe in Mecca this year.
Over one thousand pilgrims died in the stampede with over 800 people injured. The disaster is the worst that has occurred during the pilgrimage in over 25 years.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered an urgent review of this year’s Hajj plans to improve its organisation.
It is the second disaster to strike Mecca in two weeks, after a crane collapsed at the Grand Mosque, killing 109 people.