Crane Collapse at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Many Casualties
September 11, 2015
A construction crane collapsed at Mecca’s Grand Mosque on Friday due to strong winds according to Arab News. Reuters reported at least 65 people had died and scores were injured in the incident.
A report earlier this year discussed the construction work at the mosque, the centerpiece of worship among Muslims:
“The completed portions of the $21bn expansion project have greatly increased the capacity of the mosque and the mataf, or the area for the circumambulation of the Kaaba, according to Wafa [Faisal Wafa, Chairman of the Technical Committee overseeing the construction]. It is set for completion in year 2020.
“Wafa also pointed out that greater achievements are expected as the project enters its third stage, covering the southern region from the King Fahd expansion area to Safa, a total of 81,567 square meters.
“The second phase of the project is scheduled for completion next June, during which the ground and first floors of the tawaf expansion project will be completed to accommodate more worshippers and pilgrims. Wafa said the completed expansions will increase the capacity of the mataf by nearly 105,000 pilgrims per hour and can accommodate an additional 80,000 worshippers.”