Filipino fishermen watch the smoke billowing from Taal volcano on January 20. Photo: AFP.

Philippines set up a restricted area around volcano


Philippine authorities banned people from returning to the area within a radius of 14 km around Taal volcano in case of further eruptions.

“We are directing the civil defense force to prevent people from entering the area around the volcano. It is very dangerous, that’s why we have to impose a blockade,” Philippines Deputy Interior Minister Epimaco Densing said. yesterday informed.

Filipino fishermen watch the smoke billowing from Taal volcano on January 20. Image: AFP.

More than 110,000 people have been living in evacuation centers since the Taal volcano began operations last week. Many towns then allow residents to return home for a few hours a day to pick up their belongings, take care of the animals and clean up. However, geologists warned that the Taal volcano could soon erupt and endanger all the people in the restricted area with a radius of 14 km.

The Philippines is deploying 400 places of residence for evacuees. All have food and rest, but toilets are often overcrowded.

Taal volcano, about 65 km south of Manila, Philippines, erupted ashes over 15 km high on January 12, while geologists discovered the lava was moving from the ground to the crater. . No one has been killed so far, but the ashes have devastated crops and killed many cattle, and many houses have collapsed due to ash accumulation.

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