Sunday, 14 August, 2022

Two more Bangladeshi pilgrims die

48,171 reach KSA so far

Two more Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims died in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) on Tuesday, raising the death toll to nine.

They were identified as Rafiqul Islam, 47, and Fatema Begum, 60.

They passed away on Thursday, according to the hajj management portal of the religious affairs ministry.

The causes of their deaths are yet to be known. Rafiqul hailed from Kamarkhanda, Sirajganj. His pilgrim ID is 0576099 and his his passport number is BT0485433; Fatema was from Satarkul in Dhaka’s Badda. Her pilgrim ID is 0773051 and her passport number is EE0382843.

Earlier, five male and two female Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims died in the Kingdom after reaching there to perform the holy Hajj this year.

They are Chapainawab-ganj’s Jahangir Kabir, 60, passport number A01012228;

 Noakhali’s Nurul Amin, 64, passport number EF0758006, Cumilla’s Ramuja Begum, 54, passport number BW0483328, Joypurhat’s Helal Uddin Mollah, 63, passport number EE0385376, Rangpur’s Abdul Jalil Khan, 62, passport number BX0552614, Dhaka’s Beauty Begum, 47, passport number EA0009584, and Tangail’s Md Abdul Gafur, 61, passport number BY0062202.

Some 48,171 Bangladeshi pilgrims have reached the KSA till 2:00 am on Friday, said the daily Hajj bulletin of the information technology (IT) help desk of the Ministry of Religious Affairs on Friday.

Among them, 3,385 pilgrims have gone under government management, while 44,786 pilgrims have gone under private management.

Some 133 flights from Bangladesh have reached Saudi Arabia so far. Among them, 75 are from Biman Bangladesh Airlines, 50 from Saudi Airlines and 8 from Flynas.

This year, 57,585 Bangladeshi pilgrims will perform Hajj. Of the total pilgrims, 4,000 will go to Saudi Arabia under the government arrangement and 53,585 under private management.

The first Hajj flight left the country for Saudi Arabia on June 5 and the last flight is scheduled for July 3. After the holy Hajj, the return flight will start on July 14 and continue until August 14.