- Title: SAUDI ARABIA: Haj pilgrims soaked by heavy rainfall at Mecca
- Date: 19th November 2010
- Summary: MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA (NOVEMBER 18, 2010) (REUTERS) RAIN ON ONE OF MECCA STREETS WIND SHAKING TREE VARIOUS OF PILGRIMS COVERING AN OLD PILGRIM IN WHEELCHAIR. RAIN HITTING THE GROUND VARIOUS OF PILGRIMS RUNNING AWAY FROM RAIN RAIN HITTING CAR BONNET CARS DRIVING THROUGH FLOODED STREET VARIOUS OF FLOODED STREET / TRAFFIC JAM WHEELS OF CAR WOMAN WEARING HIJAB WADING THROUGH FLOODED STREET BOY HOLDING UMBRELLA VARIOUS OF PILGRIMS WALKING THROUGH FLOODED STREET VARIOUS OF BLOWN OVER TREES LYING ON CARS
- Embargoed: 4th December 2010 12:00
- Location: Saudi Arabia
- Country: Saudi Arabia
- Topics: Weather,Religion
- Reuters ID: LVA1VWIH4CCD5N8M3ZSSI5QEWH8V
- Story Text: Heavy rain soaked pilgrims as they performed haj rituals in Mecca and Mina on Thursday (November 18).
The rare weather caused caused confusion among pilgrims who had gone to Mecca and Mina to carry out the "stoning of the devil" and circle the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
The downpour flooded streets and strong winds blew down trees.
More than 2 million Muslims have taken part in the haj pilgrimage since Sunday (November 14), heading to an encampment near the holy city of Mecca to retrace the route taken by the Prophet Mohammad 14 centuries ago.
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