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Albay mayor on state of Mayon evacuees: 40 families staying in one room

Residents take shelter in a school after Mayon volcano erupted in Camalig town, Albay province, south of Manila, Philippines January 14, 2018. REUTERS/Rhadyz Barcia

At least 40 families, or about 200 individuals, are crammed in a classroom due to the unceasing volcanic activities of Mt. Mayon.

This was revealed by Camalig, Albay mayor Maria Ahrdail ‘Ding’ Baldo regarding the state of the residents who have evacuated their homes due to the constant eruptions of the nearby volcano.

According to Baldo, currently there are about 3,020 families, or more than 15,000, residents staying in schools turned to make-shift evacuation centers.

“Ang ideal sa isang evacuation room ay 10 families, pero kami ay inaabot ng 40 families sa isang room kasi ang evacuation centers namin ay classrooms lang.” Baldo said during DZRH’s Makabagong Bayanihan.

The mayor of Camalig also expects that more residents will arrive in evacuation centers due to the ash, lava, and other hazardous substance released by Mayon volcano, especially since their municipality is within the 10 kilometer radius of the active volcano.

Baldo also appealed for additional food donations and hygiene kits since the residents are depending on the local government due to absence of their home and source of income.

“Ang pinaka-kailangan pa rin ay food supplies kasi everyday kailangan namin silang bigyan, tustusan ang kanilang pangangailangan sa pagkain kasi nawalan sila ng bahay, nawalan sila ng hanapbuhay.” Balong further added. “Pangalawa siyempre yung hygiene kits kasama na doon yung sabon, toothpaste, at shampoo.”

Due to the continuous unrest of Mt. Mayon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has raised Alert Level 4, and has expanded the radius of the danger zone to nine kilometers.

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