In the Saudi edition of the Saudi Gazette published an article about that in the next 10 years waiting pilgrims arriving for Hajj in the Muslim Holy cities of Mecca and Medina. Alarming prospects of climate related.
According to the newspaper, last year among the pilgrims, there was a sharp increase in the number of diseases caused by heat. In the next 10 years the situation can only get worse.
Data published based on the results of a study conducted by the Saudi Royal Institute of Hajj and Umrah. Scientists say that in the next 10 years June, July, August and September, which will have the month of Hajj, will be the hottest for all history of meteorological observations. In the course of the last Hajj pilgrims have dramatically increased the number of cases of stroke, heart attacks and other diseases caused by heat. In the coming years their number will only increase, leads RIA “Novosti” the conclusions of the article.
For example, during the Hajj 2015 it was observed 1014 cases of heat exhaustion, heat injury, 1737, and 723 sunstroke. Therefore, scientists have advised pilgrims to carefully follow the recommendations for protection from direct sunlight: use umbrellas, wear light clothing and to take more water.
We will remind that after the tragedy in the valley of Mina, which occurred on 24 September 2015, when the resulting stampede killed 2,200 people, Saudi Arabia has decided to increase the level of security of pilgrims. First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Muftis of Russia (SMR) Rushan Abbyasov told RIA “news” that special attention will be paid to issues of health, as the period of Hajj is at the beginning of September, when “the temperature can reach 50 degrees.” The Kingdom intends to provide the pilgrims of the electronic cards, which will minimize the possibility of getting lost.
The Hajj is one of the five pillars on which Islam is based. Pilgrimage to the Holy places in Mecca required to take at least once in the life of every Muslim. Hajj is divided into large and small. Small Hajj (Umrah), in contrast to the great, a Muslim can make at any time of the year. In turn, big the Hajj is performed in the month of “Dhul-Hijjah (month of pilgrimage”). Due to the fact that the Muslim calendar is lunar, the time of the Hajj changes from year to year. This year the Hajj will be able to make 17 thousand Russians.