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Horrifying video shows bodies being loaded onto trucks and Hajj pilgrims passing out in the streets after 1,000 died in searing 50C heat during religious gathering in Mecca

Horrifying video has shown corpses being loaded onto trucks and people passing out in the streets as more than 1,000 people have died amid severe heat at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Worshippers have faced temperatures of more than 50C over recent days, with many succumbing to heat made worse by the huge crowds as some 1.8 million Muslims gathered for the annual event.

Pictures shared online appear to show bodies being covered and left in the street after they fell victim to the blistering heatwave, while many others suffered severe exhaustion and had to be urgently stretchered to safety.

Unregistered pilgrims make up more than half of those who perished, according to a count by AFP, with many unable to access air-conditioned facilities and help from authorities.

A British Imam described the scenes as ‘harrowing’ and said that it was impossible for pilgrims to walk through the streets and not to see people suffering from the scorching heat.

He went on to say that while authorities had been on hand to help, they need to learn lessons from the awful scenes caused by the extreme heat, made worse by overcrowding.

Around 1.8 million pilgrims took part in the pilgrimage to Mecca this year, 1.6 million of them from abroad, according to Saudi authorities.

Each year tens of thousands of pilgrims attempt to perform the hajj through irregular channels as they cannot afford the often costly procedures for official hajj visas.

This places these off-the-books pilgrims at risk as they cannot access air-conditioned facilities provided by Saudi authorities along the hajj route.

‘I think the Saudi authorities perhaps do need to start thinking about controlling the numbers of how many pilgrims come each and every year,’ the British Imam said.

‘With climate change, with the fact that the pilgrimage happens in the summer months, they really need to look into this in more detail.’

The pilgrimage is increasingly affected by climate change, according to a Saudi study published last month that said temperatures in the area where rituals are performed were rising 0.4 degrees Celsius (0.72 degrees Fahrenheit) each decade.

Temperatures hit 51.8 degrees Celsius (125 Fahrenheit) at the Grand Mosque in Mecca on Monday, the Saudi national meteorology centre said.

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