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99 Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia

  • Published at 11:11 am August 24th, 2019
File photo of Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims on a Saudi Arabia-bound flight at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka last year Dhaka Tribune

As many as 30,354 pilgrims have returned to Bangladesh from Saudi Arabia

At least 99 Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims have died of various reasons in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia so far. 

The latest bulletin of the Bangladesh Hajj Management Portal, under the Ministry of Religious Affairs, confirmed the number of deaths early Saturday. 

Among the deceased, 83 were males and 16 were females. Of the pilgrims, 88 died in Makkah, 10 in Medina, and one in Jeddah.

According to the bulletin, Md Fakhrul Islam, 78, died in Makkah on Friday. He hailed from Rajshahi.

Meanwhile, the return flights carrying pilgrims started from August 17 and will continue till September 15.

As many as 30,354 pilgrims returned Bangladesh from Saudi Arabia by 83 flights so far, the bulletin said.

Of the flights, 35 were operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines and 48 by Saudi Arabian Airlines, it said.

A total of 24,89,406 Muslim pilgrims from all over the world performed Hajj on August 10. Of them, 55.65% were men and 44.35% women.  

The number of Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims under government and private management were 126,923 this year.

The first Hajj flight of the year left Dhaka for Saudi Arabia on July 4 and the last flight was operated on August 5.