JANUARY 13, 2020 – Close to 8,000 people have fled to safety at various temporary shelters in the Southern Luzon region as Taal Volcano continues to show signs of hazardous eruptions within the week, the disaster management agency said on Monday.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said all the evacuees came from at least seven towns and cities in Batangas province affected by the eruption of the country’s second most active volcano .
LOOK! Eksena sa Tanauan, Batangas. Mahaba ang pila palabas at papasok sa Talisay, Batangas. Karamihan ng makaksalubong mo mga lumilikas mula sa pinsalang maidudulot pa ng pagsabog ng bulkang Taal. @onenewsph @News5AKSYON pic.twitter.com/un601gqf1h
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President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier ordered security forces to evacuate tens of thousands within the 14-km radius from Taal and take them out of the danger zone, Malacañang said.
The president has flown back to Manila this morning from Davao City to attend his public engagements today.
Bumiyahe pabalik ng Maynila si Pres. Duterte mula Davao City ngayong umaga. Hindi kaagad nakaalis ang Pangulo dahil zero visibility kahapon sa probinsya, ayon kay Spokesman Salvador Panelo.
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Alert level 4 has been in effect since Sunday night as a hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
The volcano spewed ash in a phreatic eruption, which is a steam-driven explosion that occurs when water beneath the ground or on the surface is heated by magma, lava, hot rocks, or new volcanic deposits.
The volcanic activity has prompted local government officials to suspend classes in 118 cities and municipalities in CALABARZON and Metro Manila.
Malacañang also suspended work in all government offices in the two regions and Central Luzon.
The Talisay-Tagaytay Road was temporarily closed to give way to evacuating residents.
Eighty-seven domestic and 109 international flight were cancelled due toash from the volcano.
Shipping operations, meanwhile, remain in normal condition in Batangas Port and there were no cancellation or suspension of trips, Maritime Industry Authority officer-in-charge Narciso Vingson Jr reported.
Taal is the country’s second most active volcano, erupting more than 30 times since its first recorded eruption in the 16th century. The most recent major eruption was in 1965. More than 6,000 people had died in Taal’s more than 30 eruptions. (Karen Macalalad/MM)