More than 850 hurt in Black Nazarene feast

Posted at 01/09/13 10:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines - More than 850 people have been injured in the Black Nazarene feast in Manila, the Red Cross said Wednesday night.

Around 35 people sustained serious injuries, with 10 needed to be brought to hospitals.

The other serious injuries sustained include eye laceration, chest pain, and seizure. Two people went unconscious.

One woman, identified as Rosita Rivera, also had to be rushed to a hospital because she was giving birth.

A total of 826 people sustained minor injuries, while 560 had their blood pressure taken, according to the Red Cross.

Most of the injuries were sustained in the human crush caused by devotees rushing toward the icon which is believed to have miraculous healing powers.

On Wednesday night, a fire also broke out at Hidalgo street in Quiapo, Manila, even as the Black Nazarene feast and procession was ongoing.

The fire was later brought under control.

More than 10 million people are taking part in this year's Nazarene procession, according to police.