At least 87 people died and more than 200 people were reported injured when a crane collapsed in the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The incident occurred around 6:00pm following the impact of the thunder storm on one of the cranes being used in the expansion of the Holy Mosque where some worshippers were praying.
The huge red crane crashed into a part of the Grand Mosque – the largest in the world – that was filled with worshippers at the time.
The head of Saudi Arabia’s civil defence said strong winds and heavy rains had caused the collapse.
As at the time of filing this report, it was not clear whether Nigerians on Holy pilgrimage were among the victims of the accident.
An eyewitness disclosed that, “I was in the Mosque doing (tawaf) circumbulation of the Holy Kaaba, when it started raining, I stopped and sat here. All of a sudden, there was a strong thunder and it force fell a crane on the people.
“Seriously a lot of people, both white and black were killed in the incident, but I cannot say precisely the number.
“Most of the people killed were those doing ‘tawaf’ on the upper work walk ways. Many people were also injured.”