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At least 12,000 evacuees in Legazpi City, Albay may be allowed to return home

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 19th, 2018

ALBAY, Philippines — Based on the observation of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs), the ash fall is coming out from the southern part of Mayon Volcano.

The ash fall primarily affects the towns of Guinobatan and Camalig in the province of Albay.

With this, the local government is now planning to let the almost 12,000 evacuees return to their homes as they will not be directly affected by the abnormal activity of Mayon Volcano.

These residents are currently staying at evacuation centers in the towns of Buyson, Mabinit, Bonga, Matanag and Padang.

“Maybe a possibility this afternoon or early morning we might decamp and let the population of almost 12,000 return to their homes,” Legazpi City, Albay Mayor Noel Rosal said.

More than 8,000 and 600 families or over 35,000 residents have evacuated Legaspi City.

Some of them reside in areas which are 8 kilometers from the Mt. Mayon.

Although their homes are not within the 6km permanent danger zone and 7 km extended danger zone, the local government decided to evacuate them.

“We have no pre-requisites yet. We have been waiting for long here, but we have to consider that Mayon is a very unpredictable volcano that’s why need to enforce preemptive action,” Rosal said.

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque assured that all the concerns and messages of local officials of Albay will reach the President.

“Well, whatever you need I will inform the president about the governor’s advise. And I’m sure there will be further assistance forthcoming. As what the Undersecretary have said, we have a standby fund for that. So don’t worry, we have a yearly budget for man-made or natural calamity,” Roque said. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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