2 Thais injured in Mecca crane tragedy


TWO Thais were among 238 Muslims injured when a construction crane collapsed amid stormy weather at the Grand Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia on Friday, Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat said yesterday.

The accident, which took place days ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage, killed at least 107 people.

The two injured Thais were identified as Maeyoh Taemo, 47, a woman from Pattani, and Sama-ae Shazu, 48, a man from Yala, Vira said, citing a report by Religious Affairs Department director-general Kritsayapong Siri.

The duo received treatment at the Faisal Hospital and were handed over to a medical team at the Royal Thai Embassy.

Haj Affairs of Thailand set up a team to gather information on the incident and help affected Thai pilgrimages.

The Religious Affairs Department has set aside two mobile phone numbers - 094-9520668 and 094-9158257 - for relatives to inquire about Thai pilgrims in Mecca.