Families of the six Nigerian pilgrims who died in the last crane collapse in Saudi Arabia’s grand mosque will get N70 million each and entitled to two Hajj slot from Saudi government. The custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud blamed the collapse on poor constriction grounds adding that families of each of the 111 people who died in the accident will be paid a compensation of one million Saudi Riyals. One Saudi Riyal is the equivalent to N70. Saudi Arab News, reported that ‘King Salman ordered the payment of the following to the families of the victims: SR1,000,000 to the family of each person killed in this accident; SR1,000,000 to each injured whose injury resulted in permanent disability; SR500,000 to each of the other injured.” The report said “the main reason for the accident is the strong winds while the crane was in a wrong position.” Apart from the 111 people who were killed, 331 others were injured when the giant crane being used in the expansion project at the Grand Mosque toppled and crashed into a portion of the mataf (circumambulation area) around the holy Ka’aba on Sept. 11.
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