Deadly stampede at Mecca, Saudi Arabia

At least 310 pilgrims have been killed and at least 450 injured in a stampede at the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. The stampede occurred in Mina, where other deadly stampedes killed hundreds in 2004 and 2006.

Advice For Travellers

Human stampedes occur when there is a very large crowd of people and something triggers a panic reaction. They occur most often at religious pilgrimages and music events. Many times, sufficient crowd control measures are not in place.

If you find yourself in a large crowd, make sure you know where exits are located. Try to stay near an exit and on the periphery of the crowd. Hold your hands up by your chest. Attempt to move diagonally across the crowd toward the periphery, particularly when there is a lull in the movement.

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