Philippines: Mayon Volcano Eruption Snapshot (as of 30 January 2018)
Alert level-4 (hazardous eruption imminent) remains in effect over Mayon Volcano located in Albay province, 300 km southeast of Manila. The volcano is showing high levels of continuing unrest, with lava fountains and frequent ash explosions occuring several times a day, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS). On 28 January, day-long rainfall caused sediment-laden streamflows in channels draining from the volcano edifice, rendering several roads in Albay impassable.
Thousands are still staying in designated evacuation centres and there are already reports on costs of damages to agriculture, livestock, poultry and fisheries. On 27-28 January 2018, an inter-agency assessment team conducted a rapid needs assessment in the nine affected cities/municipalities, with the objectives of determining key interventions for humanitarian needs and to provide the government with a basis for making strategic decisions.
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