At 12:15p.m. on Sunday, June 24, the Mayon
Volcano erupted in the Philippines spewing ash columns over three miles.
Ash and stone rained down on six nearby towns and forced the evacuation
of more than 11,000 people. By 5 p.m., that number had reached over 22,000
and may continue to grow. A five-mile area around the southeastern edge
of the volcano known as "no-man's land" has been designated a
danger zone. There had been mild activity around the volcano several weeks
before the eruption, but no one could have predicted the outcome.
Catholic Relief Services' partner, Caritas
Philippines, is responding to the emergency along with other governmental
agencies. CRS is supporting these efforts and is accepting donations for
the inevitable post-rehabilitation needs of the victims.
Catholic Relief Services has been working
in the Philippines since 1945.