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30 million cubic meters of water consumed during Haj

Saudi Arabia, September 5, 2017

About 30 million cubic meters of water were consumed in Makkah and the holy sites during the Haj, according to Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdul Rahman Al-Fadli.

He said about 1.57 million sacks of flour were consumed during the same period, an increase of 17 percent over the same period last year.

'Around 850 cubic meters of water were daily pumped to Makkah and the holy sites during the Haj season which began on July 24. More than 800,000 million sacks of flour were produced as reserve for the bakeries in case of shortage in the production of bread,' he said.

The minister said the water which was pumped during this Haj season was more by 21 percent over last year and added that 10 million cubic meters of water would be pumped during the coming few days.

He said as many as 3,500 employees from the ministry had supervised the distribution of water.

Fadli said the ministry's veterinarians had checked more than two million heads of sheep and cattle before they entered into the holy sites.

He also said a large number of camels were checked for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS).

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