To avoid 2015’s stampede like situation, Saudi Arabia has started to issue identification bracelets to this year’s haj pilgrims.
The distribution of these bracelets though so far has been far from systematic as hoards of people have turned up ahead of the formal start of the haj on September 10 but not all have been issued these bracelets.
Though public statements say that changes have been made to prevent overcrowding, till date no one has been blamed for the tragedy.
While Saudi officials have stuck with a saying that death toll being was 769, foreign data of many countries shows the figure were almost three times the number.
His nationality and place of lodging in Mecca would also be given on the bracelet. These barcodes will also additional data such as details provided when his or her visa was issued and the contact information of the pilgrim’s delegation.