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33,215 individuals evacuated as lava spreads around Mayon

The Mayon volcano spews a column of ash during another mild eruption in Legazpi City, Albay province, south of Manila, Philippines January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

An estimate of 33,215 individuals has been evacuated by authorities away from the 7-kilometer Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) around Mayon Volcano as alert level 3 remains hoisted.

Office of Civil Defense – Bicol Region Dir. Claudio Yucot on Wednesday told DZRH that they are able to provide the needs of the evacuees for the moment but voiced their need for additional food supplies as the number of evacuees rises.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on it part has allocated some Php 5.6 million worth of relief goods which includes food and non-food items.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health has also sent its teams to cater to the medical needs of everyone in the evacuation centers.

According to Dir. Yucot, their forces have also established several checkpoints to make sure that affected residents within the 7-km EDZ are barred from returning to their homes for safety purposes.

The checkpoints are also being used to keep tab on tourists who are bent on taking a closer view of the active volcano.

Authorities are currently working on setting up safe “viewpoints” to keep pave way for the need of the influx tourists.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), 143 lava collapse events and one tremor were recorded by Mayon’s seismic monitoring network.

Alert Level 3 remains in effect over Mayon Volcano, which means that it is currently in a relatively high level of unrest as magma is at the crater and hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days.

The public is strongly advised to be vigilant and desists from entering the six (6) kilometer-radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) and the 7-km EDZ on the southern flanks due to the danger of rockfalls, landslides, and sudden explosions or dome collapse that may generate hazardous volcanic flows.

The province of Albay is currently under a state of calamity as Mount Mayon threatens hazardous eruptions.


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