More than 50,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes in Albay Province in the Philippines after Mount Mayon began erupting on 24 February. The volcano has erupted more than 20 times since and the authorities expect it to continue spewing ash and lava for several weeks. The evacuees were taken to schools and government buildings outside the eight-kilometre danger zone. The local branch of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) which helped in their evacuation, is providing food for nearly 17,000 homeless people and providing them with free telephone services so they can contact their families. But resources are being stretched as people outside the danger zone have also fled to the shelters, in fear for their lives. The PNRC has moved volunteers as well as food, bottled water, dust masks and other supplies into Albay in readiness for a major eruption.
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