Saudi Minister of Media Launches Hajj Media Hub Initiative in Makkah 

Saudi Minister of Media Salman bin Youssef Al-Dossary  inaugurates the first version of the “Hajj Media Hub” initiative on Monday. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Media Salman bin Youssef Al-Dossary  inaugurates the first version of the “Hajj Media Hub” initiative on Monday. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Media Launches Hajj Media Hub Initiative in Makkah 

Saudi Minister of Media Salman bin Youssef Al-Dossary  inaugurates the first version of the “Hajj Media Hub” initiative on Monday. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Media Salman bin Youssef Al-Dossary  inaugurates the first version of the “Hajj Media Hub” initiative on Monday. (SPA)

Saudi Minister of Media Salman bin Youssef Al-Dossary inaugurated on Monday the first version of the “Hajj Media Hub” initiative, held in Makkah from June 10-16, in a strategic partnership with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and the Pilgrim Experience Program.

The hub is part of the initiatives of the Year of Media Transformation, which was announced by the minister of media three months ago at the third annual “Saudi Media Forum.”

The Hajj Media Hub aims to provide an integrated media environment to support media professionals in completing their coverage during this year’s Hajj.

More than 150 local, Arab, Islamic, and international media outlets, and more than 1,500 local and international media professionals are expected to benefit from the hub’s services.

The hub boasts 11 supportive media areas, an interactive media exhibition highlighting the services provided to pilgrims, a headquarters for news conferences, a media center with integrated services, various studios and vehicles for direct injection of media materials.

It also boasts the Virtual Press Center (VPC) where a dedicated team participates in presenting via an interactive screen, providing continuous updates and services around the clock throughout the proceedings of the forum.

The hub brings together all media agencies to support the work of all media figures and outlets and provide modern technologies to achieve more innovation in local and international coverage during the Hajj.



Several Missing in Landslide in Swiss Alps as Heavy Rains Cause Flash Floods

People were also advised against filming or photographing the floods for safety reasons. - The AP
People were also advised against filming or photographing the floods for safety reasons. - The AP
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Several Missing in Landslide in Swiss Alps as Heavy Rains Cause Flash Floods

People were also advised against filming or photographing the floods for safety reasons. - The AP
People were also advised against filming or photographing the floods for safety reasons. - The AP

Three people were missing on Saturday after massive thunderstorms and rainfall in southeastern Switzerland caused a landslide, authorities said.

One woman was pulled out alive after being buried by the landslide in the Alpine valley of Misox in Graubünden. A rescue operation for the three others is ongoing.

The rockslide hit a group of houses in the municipality of Lostallo. Rescuers have been searching all day Saturday with excavators and specially-trained search dogs. William Kloter from the Swiss police, who is heading the rescue operations, told local media that he was hoping to find the three missing persons alive.

Swiss President Viola Amherd said she was shocked by the scale of the damage caused by severe weather, The AP reported.

“My thoughts are with those affected. I thank the emergency personnel for their tireless efforts in this difficult situation,” Amherd said on X.

Elsewhere in Switzerland, the popular tourist destination of Zermatt in the southern canton of Valais near the iconic Matterhorn mountain remains inaccessible. Heavy rains and melting snow have caused the Mattervispa River to overflow, cutting off the village.

Dramatic videos showed the otherwise small river that flows through Zermatt turning into a muddy flash flood, partially submerging streets in the popular ski resort.

The Matterhorn-Gotthard Railway halted operations with no alternative transportation available, the railway company announced on social media on Saturday morning.

Emergency services in the canton of Valais were on high alert over the levels of the Rhone River, which reached its peak on Saturday. Authorities there evacuated 230 residents on Saturday, with the municipality of Chippis particularly affected, as it is situated on the left bank of the Rhone River.

Authorities have warned residents to avoid lower parts of their houses, including cellars, stay away from swelling rivers and refrain from parking on bridges. People were also advised against filming or photographing the floods for safety reasons.