World Vision helping evacuees in Philippines volcano zone

Emergency food and supplies to be distributed to 1,000 families
MANILA - World Vision will distribute emergency supplies to 1,000 families forced from their homes by Thursday's eruption of Mount Mayon, one of the Philippines' deadliest and most active volcanoes. Mayon, located about 200 miles southeast of Manila, sent lava 650 feet into the sky, and spewed out boulders the size of cars. Some 7,750 families, or nearly 40,000 people, already have been relocated to 52 nearby evacuation centers. World Vision is providing $41,000 in initial aid to 1,000 of these families - 700 in Calbayog village in Millipot and 300 in Lidong village in Santo Domingo.

WHAT: World Vision's emergency relief efforts include 1,000 family packs, each Containing a 15-day supply of food (rice, noodles, dried fish and powdered milk), sleeping mat and plastic water container.

WHERE: World Vision relief staff are based in Sorsogon Province, two hours away from the volcano at the nearest of the organization's 64 projects in the Philippines. None of World Vision's 36,000 sponsored children in the Philippines are affected by the eruption.

WHO: Sanjay Sojwal, World Vision's Asia Communications Manager, is en route to Manila and will be available for interviews related to the volcanic eruption and evacuation of nearby residents.

WHEN: Sojwal will be available beginning Sunday, February 27, via satellite phone.

Sheryl Watkins 1-253-815-2246, 1-206-918-8505 (pager)
Dean Owen 1-253-815-2103, 1-800-605-9475 (pager)
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