Published: Tue, January 21, 2020
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Over P17-M aid distributed to Taal eruption-affected areas

Over P17-M aid distributed to Taal eruption-affected areas

Philippine officials said Sunday the government will no longer allow vil.

Jerick Oco, a 21-year-old who worked as a tourist guide on Volcano Island, which sits in the middle of Taal Lake south of Manila, was relieved to hear that the volcano was calming down but said poor villagers like him face more daunting problems, like finding new homes and jobs.

Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna will have cloudy skies with isolated light rains.

Volcanoes too can have an effect on global temperatures - even though Taal isn't anticipated to have a lot of an impact except there's a larger explosion.

The Taal volcano burst into life almost a week ago, sending towering dust columns into the sky and leaving nearby Binan city coated in fine grey powder.

(AP Photo/Aaron Favila). Residents scramble to grab relief goods given by a citizen at a town near Taal volcano, Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines on Sunday Jan.19, 2020.

High-risk areas within a 14-km (9-mile) radius of the volcano's main crater should remain strictly off-limits to people, Maria Antonia Bornas, chief science research specialist at Phivolcs, told reporters. They issued the serious warning after discussing the volcano's possible eruption scenarios.

BenarNews photographers traveled with some villagers back to the island this week. "We are directing DRRMCs (civil defense officers). not to allow anyone to enter the danger zone", said Epimaco Densing, undersecretary for the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a recommendation to turn the island into a "no man's land".

Some evacuees are unsure if they have homes and livelihoods to return to.

Though one of the smallest volcanoes in the world, the 311-meter tall valley is the second most active of 24 troubled Filipino volcanoes.

Meanwhile, Alert Level 4 remains hoisted over Taal Volcano, warning about a possible hazardous explosive eruption within hours or days.

"They lived on the volcano itself with 47 craters".

Solidum said an natural disaster caused by a movement in the same quake fault in Mabini was recorded by Phivolcs in April a year ago.

A violent outbreak in 1965 killed more than 200 people in Taal, which exploded again in 1977. "We're still having earthquakes, new fissures are developing, and the volcano is swollen".

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