Bunga (Philippines): Thousands of people who fled their homes in the central Philippines to escape an unstoppable volcano must contend with another threat complicating ongoing evacuations: monsoon rains that could be unleashed by an approaching typhoon.
More than 6,000 villagers have been forced to leave rural communities within a 6 km (3.7 mi) radius of the Mayon crater in the northeast. Alpay boycott. Officials said thousands may also need to be transported to safety from the permanent danger zone.
Others who live outside the perimeter packed their bags and left voluntarily with their children for evacuation centers in Albay, which were placed in a state of disaster on Friday to allow emergency funds to be disbursed faster in the event of a major eruption.
Authorities raised the volcano’s alert level on Thursday after scorching flows of gas, debris and rock descended its upper slope, indicating activity below the surface that could precede a serious eruption within days or weeks.
One of the country’s most active volcanoes, Mayon at 2,462 meters (8,077 feet) is a major tourist draw for its picturesque conical shape. It last erupted violently in 2018, displacing tens of thousands of villagers.
Authorities have warned that Typhoon Jochul, which is approaching the Philippines from the Pacific Ocean but is expected to skirt the archipelago, may continue to dump heavy rains – unwelcome news for those living on the slopes of Mayon.
“There is a cyclone and flood waters may rush into Mayon and flood this village. This is one of our concerns,” Villamor LopezHouse painter, Associated Press.
He sat anxiously with his relatives as they clung to their clothes bags, rice in sacks and bottles of drinking water in a pickup truck taking villagers from the town of Draga in Albay to an emergency shelter several kilometers (miles) away.
Other residents chatted on a roadside near a chapel, undecided whether to leave.
Loudspeakers in their quiet community of low-rise cottages and narrow dirt alleyways warned people to prepare to evacuate at any time if the situation worsened. In the cloudy sky, the volcano was hidden by heavy rain clouds.
Village leader Dennis Boone, who was preparing to take Lopez and others to the shelter, said he wouldn’t risk waiting until the last minute.
“We have children, people with disabilities, and elderly people here,” Boone said, before leaving the car.
Albay province. Edsel Greco Lagman and Minister of Welfare Rex Gachalian They said they were prepared if the monsoon rains caused mudflows and rockfalls.
“We will still make sure that there are no casualties in any double-takes,” he said. at least He said.
The Philippines lies along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” the area around the ocean’s rim where tectonic plates meet that are prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The long-dormant Mount Pinatubo volcano exploded its summit north of Manila in 1991 in one of the largest eruptions of the 20th century, killing hundreds of people.


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