The Hajj Stampede in Graphics

The stoning ritual at Mina, outside Mecca, is one of the most dangerous aspects of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Thursday’s stampede, in which atleast 262 people died, happened on the entrance ramp to the Jamarat Bridge as pilgrims thronged to cast stones at three pillars representing the devil.

Graphic showing the bridge in detail and where the accident happened

The two-tier bridge – which allows access to the pillars on both levels – has seen many lethal stampedes in recent years. After 251 people died in 2004, the one metre diameter cylindrical pillars were replaced by short walls.

This was to improve crowd flow and allow more people to stone the pillars at one time.

Annotated photograph of Jamarat bridge showing the three new pillars

A five level version of the bridge is planned and work was due to begin at the end of the 2006 Hajj.

Mina is one of the key sites of the Hajj and pilgrims camp there for several nights, turning the area into a city of tents.

Map of Mina and Saudi Arabia
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11 responses to “The Hajj Stampede in Graphics

  1. Assalamu’alaykum,

    I have some pictures of the proposed redesign of the Jamarat area. They’re adding a few levels and providing more ways to get in and out of the area, so insha-Allah that should help prevent such incidents for at least the next little while.

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