At least 550 pilgrims died from extreme heat during this year's Hajj, with temperatures reaching 51.8 degrees Celsius (125 Fahrenheit) at Mecca's Grand Mosque.

Iran Press/ West Asia: Egyptians accounted for the highest casualties, totaling 323 deaths, primarily from heat-related illnesses.

Saudi officials treated over 2,000 pilgrims for heat stress.

The pilgrimage is increasingly impacted by climate change, as temperatures rise by 0.4 degrees Celsius per decade in ritual areas. At least 60 Jordanians have died, the diplomats said, up from an official tally of 41 given earlier on Tuesday by Amman.

The new deaths bring the total reported so far by multiple countries to 577, according to an AFP tally.

The diplomats said the total at the morgue in Al-Muaisem, one of the biggest in Mecca, was 550.

At least 240 pilgrims were reported dead by various countries last year, most of them Indonesians.

The pilgrimage is increasingly affected by climate breakdown, according to a Saudi study published last month that said temperatures in the area where rituals are performed were rising 0.4C (0.72F) each decade.

Temperatures hit 51.8Cat the Grand Mosque in Mecca on Monday, the Saudi National Meteorology Center said. Some pilgrims described seeing motionless bodies on the roadside and ambulance services that appeared overwhelmed at times.

About 1.8 million pilgrims took part in the hajj this year, 1.6 million of them from abroad, according to Saudi authorities.

Other countries to report deaths during the hajj this year include Indonesia, Iran, Senegal, and Russia.

Most countries have not specified how many deaths were heat-related.

The Saudi health minister, Fahd bin Abdul Rahman Al-Jalajel, said on Tuesday that health plans for the hajj had “been successfully carried out”, preventing major outbreaks of disease and other public health threats, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

A virtual hospital “provided virtual consultations to over 5,800 pilgrims, primarily for heat-related illnesses, enabling prompt intervention and mitigating the potential for a surge in cases”, SPA said.


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