35 expat pilgrims die in bus crash in Saudi Arabia

The accident occurred 170 km from Madinah. (Nabd)
Updated 18 October 2019

35 expat pilgrims die in bus crash in Saudi Arabia

  • Bus was carrying Asian and Arab expats
  • The injured were transferred to Al-Hamna Hospital

RIYADH: Thirty-five pilgrims have been killed in a traffic accident in Saudi Arabia after a bus collided with another vehicle on Wednesday, the Saudi Press Agency reported quoting a police spokesman.

The accident happened on Hijra road, 170 km from Madinah, near the village of Al-Akhal around 7pm when the privately chartered bus carrying 39 passengers collided with a loader.

The injured were transferred to Al-Hamna Hospital.

Those on the bus were expats in the Kingdom and, according to SPA, of Asian and Arab nationalities.

Earlier media reports had said that 36 people had died, quoting local health authorities. 

Saudi Red Crescent Authority and other emergency services were on the scene to deal with the incident. 

An investigation into the collision is now underway.


Pakistani remittances could fall by 27% as coronavirus jolts money flow to millions

Updated 5 min 15 sec ago

Pakistani remittances could fall by 27% as coronavirus jolts money flow to millions

  • India, China, the Philippines, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Vietnam were six of the ten largest remittance recipients globally in 2019
  • Asian Development Bank says coronavirus pandemic will hit remittances hard in Asia, Pakistan could be one of the worst affected economies

ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said in a new report that the coronavirus pandemic will hit remittances hard in Asia and the Pacific, and Pakistan could be one of the worst affected economies.
In 2019, six of the ten largest remittance recipients globally were from India, China, the Philippines, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Vietnam.
“The results show that the COVID-19 impact on remittances ranges from a 5.2% decline from baseline remittances in 2018 for the least affected economy to almost a 30% decline for the most-affected,” the ADB report, entitled ‘COVID-19 Impact on International Migration, Remittances, and Recipient Households in Developing Asia’, said.
“Among developing Asian economies: the five worst affected are Nepal, where remittances could fall by 28.7%; Tajikistan (27.9%), Bangladesh (27.8%), Pakistan (26.8%), and the Kyrgyz Republic (25.2%).”
Strict curfews, lockdowns and travel bans enforced around the world to slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak have decimated jobs and slashed remittances from migrants, cutting off a lifeline for millions.
But Pakistan central bank data shows remittances rose by 50.7% during June 2020 to reach a record high of $2,466.2 million compared with $1,636.4 million in June 2019. In fiscal year 2020, the bank said, remittances increased to a historic high of $23.12 billion, 6.4% more than last year.
“Inflow of workers’ remittances registered an increase of 7.8% during March-June 2020 pandemic period compared with the corresponding period of 2019,” the central bank said last month.