13 Ghanaians perish in Saudi Arabia

A total of 13 Ghanaians have been confirmed dead while on Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Five lost their lives in the deadly stampede at the five-storey Jamarat Bridge in Mina, Ghana’s envoy to the Arab state has confirmed.

Eight died through natural causes, Alhaji Saeed Sinari said on Accra-based Citi FM.

Meanwhile, 21 Ghanaians have also been reported missing.

Efforts are being made to trace their whereabouts and to confirm whether they are victims of the September 24 disaster.

The Hajj Board had reported, in the wake of the disaster, that there were no Ghanaian casualties.

The disaster killed 769 pilgrims though other countries report that the number tops 1,000.

The stampede is said to be the deadliest Hajj disaster in 25 years.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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