Philippines - Volcanic eruption update (DG ECHO, NDRMC, PHIVOLCS, Copernicus EMS) (ECHO Daily Flash of 14 January 2020)

  • Following the activity of Taal Volcano since 12 January, characterized by continuous magmatic and hydrovolcanic activity, 18,187 people are still displaced and sheltered in 118 evacuation centres located in Batangas Province.
  • The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), reports more than 34,000 people affected, 3 roads closed, and 604 flights cancelled. 27,719 households in Tanauan City have lost power due to ashfall. The towns of Laurel and Talisay, San Nicolas, Agoncillo are still without power.
  • The authorities are conducting emergency operations and are continuously monitoring the volcano activity. State of calamity has been announced in Batangas province.
  • According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Technology (PHIVOLCS), as of 14 January, the alert level 4 (hazardous eruption imminent) remains in effect as well as the mandatory evacuation order for the 500 000 people living in a radius of 14 km from the crater.
  • DG ECHO partners such as are Save the Children, Philippine Red Cross, Oxfam, and other national NGOs are actively contributing to the emergency response.
  • Copernicus EMS was activated on 13 January in rapid mapping mode (EMSR 418). 2 satellite maps were already produced.