Philippines: Taal volcano eruption forces thousands of evacuations

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Taal Volcano, located in Batangas Province in the Philippines. © OCHA

The disaster-response agency of the Government of the Philippines has raised the alert level to four over Taal Volcano, located about 70 kilometres south of the capital, Manila, following steam-driven activity and an eruption that prompted an airport closure and thousands of evacuations.

National authorities have evacuated areas at risk within a 14 km radius of the main crater of the volcano. As of 13 January, more than 24,500 people are taking shelter in 75 evacuation centres in Region IV-A (Calabarzon), with a majority in Batangas Province. It is estimated that the total population within the radius of the danger zone is nearly 460,000 people.

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