At least 98 Indian citizens have died of natural causes, old age and illness during this year’s Haj pilgrimage that was marked by searing heat and intense high temperatures, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday.

Around 1,75,000 Indians performed Haj pilgrimage this year. The fatalities also

include four people who were killed in an accident.

“This year, we have 175,000 Indians who have already visited Hajj... So far we have lost 98 of our citizens. These deaths have happened on account of natural illness, natural causes, chronic illness, and also old age,” MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said. 
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