55 high school students collapse after quake drill

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2014 02:47 PM | Updated as of Jul 04 2014 12:47 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) - At least 55 students of the Parañaque National High School in Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City collapsed after participating in an earthquake drill around noon on Thursday.

Forty students were rushed to the Parañaque Community Hospital while 15 were brought to the Las Piñas District Hospital.

The school's officer-in-charge said the students were already back in their rooms when some complained of feeling dizzy.

"Nag-earthquake drill tapos nainitan. May apat na
pagbalik sa room nakaramdam ng panghihina, hinimatay. Nagsunud-sunod... Sabi nga baka nag-panic lang kasi may nakitang hinimatay tapos may 'wang-wang' na narinig," the OIC said.

According to barangay officials, the students were not aware that an earthquake drill would be conducted today since the school had set the drill on Friday at 9 a.m.

As a result, this may have caused panic among the students.

Moreover, they noted that the drill was conducted around noon so the students had to stay under the scorching heat of the sun.

The school's management has since apologized but said they just wanted to prepare the students for the earthquake drill set tomorrow.

The students are now in safe condition and have been fetched by their parents.

On Wednesday morning, a similar incident occurred in Cotabato City.

Eleven students of Notre Dame Village National High School (NDVNHS) fainted due to extreme heat while participating in earthquake and fire drills. -- Report from Dennis Datu, dzMM