Saudi medical teams have handled more than 6,500 cases of heat and sunstrokes among Muslim pilgrims during the current Hajj pilgrimage that coincides with searing temperatures, health authorities have said.
“The Health Ministry attends to all cases that have suffered heat exhaustion. All resources have been harnessed to serve the Guests of Allah in the holy places,” the ministry’s spokesman Dr Mohammed Al-Abdulaali was quoted as saying in the Saudi media.
Temperatures hit 42 degrees Celsius in the Mina valley near the holy city of Mecca early Thursday, Saudi TV Al Ekhbariya reported.
As many as 111,761 pilgrims have received medical services at healthcare facilities in the Saudi holy cities of Mecca and Medina over the past 39 days, the ministry said.