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Thu 24 Sep 2015 09:52 AM

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Makkah crane crash death toll expected to rise

Ten victims’ bodies are yet to be identified and at least two more are thought to be buried in the rubble, according to local media

Makkah crane crash death toll expected to rise
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Saudi authorities report that ten bodies of victims of the Makkah crane crash have yet to be identified, while at least two more have yet to be found.

It is thought that more bodies are lying under the rubble and debris of the fatal crane collapse on September 11 that killed a confirmed 109 people and injured a further 200.

Arab News reported that teams recovered two more bodies this week – thought to be Malaysian nationals – after dismantling parts of the crane to remove it from the site.

Those and eight other bodies found earlier in the week are in the process of being identified, while 92 have been identified, 89 have been released for last rites and three have yet to be handed over.

Indians comprised the largest number of fatalities with 13, followed by 12 Pakistanis, the newspaper said. 
Among the identified bodies, 24 were women and 68 men. 

Brigadier Abdullah Al Harthi, spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense, was quoted as saying: “The two martyrs are Malaysian, putting the total number of the dead at this moment at 109.

“We faced some challenges in identifying some bodies because they were in pieces. We used thumb impressions to identify them.

“There is a possibility that more bodies are lying under the crane debris.”

Gale force winds and rain have been cited as the cause of the accident.

Investigators have also suspended the contractor Bin Laden Group from operating, pending investigations into alleged non-compliance with construction safety regulations. 

The company’s senior executives have been barred from foreign travel while the legal action is ongoing.

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