Geneva, 24 February 2000
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has today announced highest alert for the eruption of Volcano Mayon.
According to PHIVOLCS at least eight towns and a city in the Bicol region, with a total population of around 57,000, are in danger of ash and lava flow. The most vulnerable are the towns of St. Domingo, Tabaco, Camalig, Daraga, Manlilipot, Bacay, Ligao, Guinobatan and the city of Legazpi.
According to reports received by ACT member the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) from the Provincial and National Disaster Co-ordinating Councils a total of 758 families (3,944 persons) have been taken to evacuation camps. The government officials are trying to evacuate all remaining families in the declared danger zones but they refuse to leave fearing loss of personal belongings and farm produce.
NCCP member churches in the area are starting to conduct needs assessments. An appeal may or may not be forthcoming, depending on information received from NCCP.
Thank you for your attention.
ACT is a worldwide network of churches and related agencies meeting human need through coordinated emergency response. The ACT Coordinating Office is based with the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Switzerland. ACT Web Site address: http://www.act-intl.org