Mt. Mayon evacuees reach more than 34,000

Families in an evacuation center in Albay

MANILA, Philippines — National Disaster Risk Reduction and Managment Council (NDRRMC) Spokesperson Romina Marasigan has reported that 8,296 families or 34,003 individuals are now staying at 30 evacuation centers.

The evacuees are from the towns of Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao, Daraga, Tabacco, Sto. Domingo, Malilipot and Legazpi.

Local authorities have already placed Albay under a state of calamity as the volcanic activity affects 36 villages in the province.

A pre-emptive evacuation is also enforced in areas outside of the 7 kilometers extended danger zone that might experience mud or lahar flow coming from the volcano due to the continuous downpour of rain.

“Still in alert level 3. The Phivolcs is closely monitoring. We are still monitoring if there is a need to raise the alert level,” Marasigan said.

She added that the government has already distributed more than P5.5 million worth of aid to affected residents.

The NDRRMC remains on a blue alert status that allows for fast coordination.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Bicol Region is currently on red alert status. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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