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One Bangladeshi dead, 40 injured Makkah crane collapse
The collapsed crane in Baitul Haram mosque

One Bangladeshi dead, 40 injured Makkah crane collapse

One Bangladeshi has been identified among 107 victims, who died in Makkah crane collapse on Friday.
Deceased Abul Kashem hailed from Karnaphuli area of Chittagong, Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Golam Moshi has been quoted to have said.
The officials of the Bangladesh mission in Saudi Arabia identified the body of Kashem kept at the mortuary of a local hospital, the ambassador said.
Ear;ier the embassy said it had no reports of any Bangladeshi deaths in the mishap at Makkah’s Masjid Al Haram.But it confirmed that at least 40 Bangladesh nationals were among the 154 injured when a crane fell on Friday.
Ambassador Golam Moshi said the injured Bangladeshi pilgrims were hospitalised.
“Three of them are under intensive care. One of them is in critical condition.”
An hour later, the diplomat confirmed that Chand Miah Chowkider, who was said to be in critical condition, stabilised and was likely to be released after a day in the hospital.
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam said in a Facebook post that all of them were being treated at Zayed Hospital.
He added that the first secretary was at the hospital along with the medical team.
“All are out of danger, Alhamdulillah. Hospital started releasing our people after fast aid treatment.
“Mostly injuries are due to panic and stampede,” he said at around 12:31am on Friday.
Until now, 107 were killed and 233 injured when a crane crashed into the mosque just weeks before Hajj, according to the head of Saudi Civil Defence Authority account to Al Ikhbariya television.
Reuters cited pictures circulating in social media showing pilgrims in bloodied robes and masses of debris from a part of the crane that seemed to have crashed through a ceiling.
Shamsuddin Ahmed, a Bangladeshi pilgrim who was at the site during the accident, said “A strong sandstorm started just before Maghrib prayers. The crane crashed down suddenly. We saw so many people die and get injured.”
Saudi authorities go to great lengths to prepare for the millions of Muslim who converge on Makkah to perform the sacred pilgrimage, according to the news agency. Last year, it reduced the numbers permitted to perform Hajj for safety reasons because of construction work to enlarge the mosque.
The pilgrimage, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, has been prone to disasters in the past, mainly from stampedes as pilgrims rushed to complete rituals and return home. Hundreds of pilgrims died in such a stampede in 2006.
Saudi authorities have since lavished vast sums to expand the main Hajj sites and improve Mecca’s transportation system, in an effort to prevent more disasters, Reuters said.