Php 2.7 M in agricultural damages recorded as volcanic activities in Mayon continues

Students passes through the rice paddy as they run away from cascading volcanic materials from the slopes of Mayon Volcano in Guinobatan, Albay province, south of Metro Manila, Philippines January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Rhadyz Barcia

The agricultural sector of the Bicol region has been heavily affected by the volcanic activities of Mt. Mayon as alert level 4 remains in effect.

According to Bicol Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Officer Emily Bordado, a partial estimate of Php 2.7 million in damages has been recorded in the agricultural sector as lava and ash particles continue to funnel out of Mayon.

During an interview with DZRH’s Balita, Bordado informed that at least 5,750 farmers and 5.9 hectares of vegetable fields are affected by the continuous emission of sulfuric ashes by Mt. Mayon.

Ash clouds continue to spread throughout areas of Guinobatan, Lagao, Tabaco, Santo Domingo, Legazpi, and more.

Meanwhile, latest reports state that some 60,000 residents have taken shelter in different evacuation areas and have been advised to desist from entering the eight kilometer-radius danger zone, and to be additionally vigilant against pyroclastic density currents, lahars, and sediment-laden stream flows along channels draining the edifice.


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