Crane crashed into Mecca mosque, leaving 87 dead

Crane crashed into Mecca mosque, leaving 87 dead
A construction crane on Friday collapsed into a mosque in Mecca in Saudi Arabia. 87 people are so far confirmed dead and 180 injured.

87 people have lost their lives in the accident, which occurred Friday night, said the Saudi civil defense, according to BBC. At least 180 people were injured.

The newspaper's reporter at the site said that witnesses have stated that the crane crashed into the third floor of the mosque, and that dozens of ambulances are in the area.

- I am surrounded by people who mourn. It is a sad mood here, says reporter Hasan Patel.

The cause of the accident is not yet confirmed, but according to the newspaper Nieuwsblad it may be because there has been heavy rain in the area. USA Today reports that strong winds may be a contributing factor.

Reuters reports that the crane probably fell because of a powerful storm. They also report that the building work has been going on for some time, to comply with the large influx of pilgrims.

Last year the number of pilgrims who were attending Hajj, were reduced for safety reasons.

According to the website, the civil defense warned against thunderstorms, rain and wind in the area before the accident occurred.

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