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In Philippines Volcano Mayon set to erupt

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Philippine experts announced on Monday that Volcano Mayon in the Philippines is set to erupt any day now.

Some 120,000 people living in the eight-kilometre danger zone have been evacuated, says Elizabeth Byrs of the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, and contingency plans were prepared in advance.

"Several agencies such as the United Nations Children's Fund and the World Food Programme had already prepared their plans and pre-positioned assistance. The International Organization for Migration has also already sent a team to the nearby town of Albay. Everything was well under control."

UNICEF has provided water kits to ensure clean and safe water, medical supplies, and temporary school tents and classroom materials for the 24,000 students who have been displaced.

For the moment, all the signs point to an impending eruption of Mayon but no one can say exactly when. The last eruption from Mayon was in 2006 and lasted for two months,

Jocelyne Sambira, UN Radio.

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"Several agencies such as the United Nations Children's Fund and the World Food Programme had already prepared their plans and pre-positioned assistance. The International Organization for Migration has also already sent a team to the nearby town of Albay. Everything was well under control."

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