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Evacuation in a pandemic

Several barangays situated closest to Taal Volcano have not yet fully recovered from last year’s phreatic explosion, which blew acrid ash all the way to Metro Manila and Bulacan, forcing the suspension of flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

This time, the sulfuric volcanic smog or “vog” has again reached Metro Manila, but the levels have so far not forced the suspension of the few flights allowed at the NAIA. Last Thursday afternoon, the volcano erupted. Although it was not as strong as the explosion in January last year, evacuation has started in several barangays at high risk of being affected by an “explosive eruption” that state volcanologists warn is possible.

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, many local government units have become better prepared for the evacuation of entire communities. Modular tents have been allocated per family and health safety protocols enforced by certain LGUs in the use of common facilities at evacuation sites around Taal Volcano.

 

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