Philippines, thousands of people evacuated by volcano eruption

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

Philippine authorities have evacuated more than 6,000 residents from the affected areas after a volcano erupted in Batangas province south of the capital Manila.

According to local media reports, the incident has forced authorities to close the Manila airport.

About 6,000 villagers were evacuated Sunday when the Taal volcano erupted, dumping ashes one kilometer into the air as volcanic matter particles reached the capital Manila, The Manila Times daily reported.

The Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in the Philippines warned residents that a “dangerous eruption is possible within hours or days.”

According to reports, authorities have also closed schools government offices in the affected areas.

The population has been advised to stay in safe places following official advice and notifications from relevant government agencies.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered authorities to take the necessary measures to move people within the perimeter of the volcano from the danger zone.

Flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport have also been suspended until further notice.

Manila International Airport general manager Ed Monreal said that ash from the volcano erupted has also accumulated on the runways.

More than 100 flights have been canceled or diverted so far due to the suspension of airport operations.

Health authorities have also requested that residents in the affected areas be evacuated as residents may have difficulty following exposure to ash and volcanic gases.

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