Batangas Residents Evacuated Due to the Increasing Activity in Taal Volcano Island
The Batangas residents have start to evacuate and flee from Taal Volcano Island due to the increasing volcanic activities in the area.
On Wednesday (February 17, 2021), the Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office have joined forces to evacuate the residents from the area.
The authorities evacuated around 18 families or 60 residents from Taal Volcano Island in Batangas due to the increasing seismic activities recorded in the volcano. The residents have been found staying at the permanent danger zone.
The evacuees have been brought to the Talisay Senior High School in Barangay Tumaway in the municipality of Talisay. Around 900 residents are currently staying at various evacuation centers in Talisay.
However, the poor evacuees were concerned about their housing and livelihoods left in the island. Fishing is still allowed but fishermen have to log in and out with the Philippine Coast Guard.
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“Eh ang nangyari, ma’m, nandoon ‘yung aming hanapbuhay sa tubig. Eh hindi namin puwedeng iwanan at baka madisgrasya pa,” a resident named Nick Manguinao said.
Meanwhile, the Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said that they are on alert and ready to respond in any case of emergency.
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