144 hurt 4 hours into Traslacion

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Black Nazarene in motion

Catholic devotees start the annual procession of the Quiapo Church religious icon on Wednesday, 9 January 2019. (AFP video)

Posted by Concept Central on Tuesday, 8 January 2019

As early as 8:30 a.m. today, more than 100 Black Nazarene devotees have sought medical assistance in various medical stations that had been set up for the 2019 Traslacion.

In a radio interview, Celso Gonzales of the Manila Paramedics team said 144 people were treated for difficulty in breathing, hypertension, lacerations, abrasion and fainting.

Devotees with serious cases were brought to hospitals.

As of 11 a.m., the image of the Black Nazarene was already at Jones Bridge en route to Chinatown.

The Philippine Red Cross reported earlier that they are in full force for the annual procession. Fifty ambulances were deployed for the procession, while three rescue boats, an amphibian, and rescue vehicles were readied to address emergency cases.

Black Nazarene devotees crowd the closed Quezon Boulevard in Quiapo, Manila on 7 January 2019. (Traslacion 2019 image)

The organization also partnered with 12 hospitals to accommodate patients in need of further medical assistance.

The annual Feast of the Black Nazarene procession draws in millions of devotees, thus the inevitable injuries and even deaths in the past.

Last year, 1,906 devotees were hurt during the procession celebrating the 1787 transfer of the Black Nazarene image from the Recoletos Church inside Intramuros to Quiapo Church.

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