News ID: 128929
Published: 1026 GMT October 13, 2015

Hajj stampede death toll rises to 1,674

Hajj stampede death toll rises to 1,674

The death toll from a deadly stampede during last month's Hajj ritual in Saudi Arabia has reached 1,674, according to tallies given by foreign officials.

The Saudi kingdom has yet to provide a complete report on the September 24 tragedy in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, including an update on its earlier death toll of 769.

The country with the highest death toll is Iran with 464 dead. Egypt comes next with 181 dead. 

Nigeria has tallied 145 dead, followed by Indonesia with 120 dead, India with 101 dead, Pakistan with 99 deaths, Bangladesh with 92 deaths and Mali with 79 deaths.

The following chart shows the breakdown of the latest count based on the numbers provided by foreign states.

Hundreds of pilgrims of this year's hajj remain unaccounted for.

The sum of the foreign nationals' death tolls has therefore overtaken the 1,426 pilgrims who died in the Hajj's worst previous incident - a tunnel stampede in July 1990.

Many say the Saudi government's mismanagement of the ritual and poor handling of its aftermath was behind the huge death toll.

Iran laid the blame for the tragedy on the kingdom’s “incompetence” in managing the highly-significant ritual.

Tehran Prosecutor General's Office has launched a probe to identify those responsible for the incident.

   
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