21,000 families stay in evacuation centers as Mayon lessens its activities

Displaced Filipinos sleep inside a room of the evacuation center after Mount Mayon volcano flows lava fountains and ash flumes in Legazpi city, Albay province, south of Manila, Philippines January 27, 2018. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

The regional office of the Department of Health estimates that only about 21,000 families, or 75,000 individuals, remain in evacuation centers in Legazpi City, Albay and other affected areas.

During DZRH’s Makabagong Bayanihan, Dr. Napoleon Arevalo, director of DOH Region-5, said that some evacuees have started to de-camp since the volcanic activities of Mt. Mayon have lessened.

Arevalo said that most of the residents returning from their homes are not within the expanded danger zone but fled due to the panic caused by the unceasing eruptions

“Nagkaroon ng decampment ang ibang areas na affected like, Legazpi City.” Arevalo revealed. “Ito yung mga wala sa danger zone. Ito yung mga sa extended na nung nagkaroon ng Alert Level 4, sila syempre ay na-nerbyos kasi mataas yung pag-buga ng ash.”

The latest eruption of Mayon happened last January 6 at 6:00AM, and was preceded by an eruption last January 5 at 9PM.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, alert level 4 remains raised over Mt. Mayon even if the volcano has seemingly calmed down.

The government also assured that they will continue to help the residents staying in evacuation centers, even if some have already returned to their homes.

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