After some hours of silence since Sunday, another eruption occurred this afternoon (local time) and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has stressed that the eruption may continue for two to three months as has happened in previous eruptions.
An update from the Albay Provincial Disaster Coordinating Center (PDCC) quoted the number of evacuees at 11,287 households or about 59,400 persons distributed in different evacuation centres. So far, no casualties have been reported, although authorities are concerned about farmers returning to their homes and farms to check on their belongings, crops and livestock.
The President has released P 20 million (approximately US$ 500,000) for the calamity fund, but this will not be enough to support the increasing number of evacuees for a month.
Member churches of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) have submitted requests for relief to NCCP and an ACT Appeal is forthcoming. The NCCP Relief and Rehabilitation Program will be moving to Legazpi City for its relief operations where the United Church of Christ (UCCP) has offered its South Bicol Conference Office as the center for operations.
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