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NDRRMC Says Animals, Plants In Taal Island Are Already Dead

ANIMALS, PLANTS IN TAAL ISLAND – According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, plants and wildlife in Taal island are already dead after the Volcano’s eruption.

Animals, Plants In Taal Already Dead Following Eruption - NDRRMC
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According to ABS-CBN, some 18,000 residents from the towns around Taal were evacuated. The residents were the first to be evacuated and the animals were next.

However, according to NDRRMC spokesman Mark Timba, when rescuers were supposed to return for the animals, the escalation of the volcanic activity prevented them to do so.

During an interview with ANC’s Early Edition, he stated that they were informed during aerial inspection that both flora and fauna seen in the volcano were already dead.

We were informed during aerial inspection that both flora and fauna in the volcano are dead already so there would be no reason for our rescuers to return.

We surmise that the reason for them insisting of going now because they are aware that alert level 4 means there’s an imminent eruption

Left alone to fend for themselves, most of the farm animals could not survive for long in the harsh and ash-filled environment. Most of the fresh grass that was once abundant was not covered in blankets of ash.

In addition to this, Timba stated that once Taal Volcano begins to calm down and deescalate, the government would no longer allow the construction of permanent homes on the island.

Instead, the government would help rebuild and rehabilitate established communities in Batangas’ mainland provinces.

The main volcanic island will be considered as a no man’s land. No communities allowed to be rebuilt there. They will not be allowed to return, they will be provided resettlement site.

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