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HEAT, humidity and a long wait for the CM took a toll on the NCC cadets and other children who took part in the Independence Day celebrations at Ambedkar Stadium on Sunday.

At least eight participants fainted while they were presenting different programmes that formed part of the annual celebrations.

The children who passed out, including three girls, were rushed to the Lok Nayak Hospital.

The chief medical officer of the casualty department of the hospital said the children had suffered dehydration. " The children were brought to the hospital about 11.30 am. Only two of them needed medication. Their condition improved quickly after they were given water, glucose and energy fluids. They were discharged within half an hour," he said.

Some of the NCC cadets who fainted said they had assembled at the stadium at 7 am for the parade. As it was very early in the day they had not had food and were hungry as no refreshments were provided at the stadium.

" The chief minister came late and we were kept waiting for a long time. We were not even given water. Some of the participants were complaining that they were not feeling well due to the heat and humidity. And soon a few of them fainted," said Prakash Kumar, a student who took part in the celebrations.

Dinesh, an NCC cadet who saw a member of his squad faint during the parade, said: " He had been complaining for a long time that he was thirsty but we could not leave the parade. He eventually fainted." More than 300 children had assembled at Ambedkar Stadium to present various cultural programmes, including dance performances and singing, and to take part in the march past organised on the occasion of India's 64th Independence Day. They said the authorities had failed to make proper arrangements for the supply of refreshments and to provide rest rooms for the participants.

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Date:Aug 16, 2010
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