Students Rushed to Hospital After Struggling to Breathe Due to Volcanic Smog

Students in Tuy, Batangas Hospitalized Due to Volcanic Smog

BATANGAS, PHILIPPINES – Several students were rushed to the hospital after experiencing difficulty on breathing due to volcanic smog from the Taal Volcano in Tuy, Batangas.

On Thursday (September 21, 2023), the learners from a school in the municipality of Tuy, Batangas suffered chest pain, dizziness, and itching of the skin and throat after inhaling the smog that had seeped into their classrooms.

Provincial Disaster Management office head Dr. Amor Calayan said that the 45 affected students were promptly provided with first aid and they were not required to be confined in the hospital. The young learners were allowed to return home later.


The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has been closely monitoring the situation of Taal Volcano. The volcanic smog has been a growing concern in Batangas since early September.

The agency has issued advisories to the public about the potential dangers posed by this volcanic smog. It can cause inflammation and irritation in the respiratory system, leading to a range of health issues.

The local authorities are encouraging residents to take necessary precautions to safeguard their health. Wearing face masks is highly recommended, especially in areas where vog concentrations are high.


The authorities also advised individuals with respiratory conditions to stay indoors as much as possible to minimize their exposure to the volcanic smog.


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Here is the full post from Tuy Mdrrmo:

Paala-ala po para sa lahat tayo po ay mag-iingat dahil sa Volcanic smog/vog dulot ng Bulkang Taal. Kanina po ganap na 2:00 pm ay may mga estudyante na nahirapang huminga at ang iba ay kinailangan pang dalhin sa Hospital. Panatilihin palagi ang pagsusuot ng Face mask para sa ating kaligtasan.

Nagpapasalamat po kami sa lahat ng tumulong sa amin kanina.

MDRRMO Hotline number: (043) 784-7893 or 0906-750-4941”

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