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Umrah pilgrims dies in Makkah after hotel window fell on them

Makkah: 6 Umrah pilgrims were injured Tuesday when a window of a hotel in the Central Area around the Grand Mosque overlooking the Haram plazas fell on them as a result of the rains.

Another pilgrim was killed when three cars collided in a street in Al-Sharia district, which was flooded with rainwater.

Quoting the spokesman of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority in Makkah Abdulaziz Badoman, Makkah daily said on Wednesday that four of the six injured pilgrims were rushed to the hospitals while the two others received medication at the site.

The body of the dead pilgrim, who was killed in the car collision, was transported to the hospital to complete the burial procedures.

The security forces intensified their presence in all the streets in Makkah especially in the eastern areas of the holy city, which witnessed heavy rains that obstructed the traffic movement.

The street No. 64 in Al-Sharia was the most affected by the rainwater, which gathered on this busy street creating water logs.

About 250 well-equipped security patrols were mobilized to comb all the streets in Makkah to organize traffic and deal with any emergency situation.

The traffic department also mobilized 140 traffic patrols to deal with any traffic bottlenecks and free any trapped cars.

Spokesman of the Civil Defense Maj. Naif Al-Sharif said they received early warning about the rains and thunders in Makkah from the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) so they promptly started implementing their emergency plan for such situations.

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