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Indian death toll in Haj stampede rises to 45

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New Delhi, Sept. 28 : The Indian death toll in Mina Haj stampede rose to 45 on Monday after Saudi authorities identified 10 more dead bodies.

Haj Consulate in Jeddah today said that the deceased included three pilgrims from West Bengal and two each from Kerala and Jharkhand and one each from Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier said that the number of Indian lives lost in the Haj stampede was 35.

She said that the Indian embassy was extending all the possible help to the families who have suffered due to the tragedy

Saudi authorities have put the total death toll from the stampede at 769 and the injury toll at 934. (ANI)