Two more Haj pilgrims from Uttar Pradesh dead

Lucknow, Oct 6 (IANS) Two more Haj pilgrims from Uttar Pradesh, missing after the Mina stampede during the Haj in Saudi Arabia, have been confirmed dead, an official said on Tuesday.

The dead have been identified as Mohd Yaseen and Mehtab Alam. Both were residents of Sitapur.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has tweeted that the toll of the Indians dead during the September 24 Haj stampede is now 74.

Haj Mission at Indian Consulate in Jeddah posted on its Facebook page an updated list of Indians who died in the stampede at Mina. The list was released by the Indian consulate general in Jeddah. Indian toll till Sunday was 58.

Over 700 people were killed in the September 24 stampede near Makkah during the Haj.

Officials said the process has begun to facilitate visa and other formalities for the relatives of those who went missing after the stampede.

Two helpline numbers to help the families finalise and undertake their journey to Saudi have been issued. These two numbers are 09211328755 and 09958712790, an official told IANS.

At least 63 Indians have been reportedly missing, including pilgrims from Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Telangana.

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