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NDRRMC: 348,563 people affected by Taal Volcano eruption


The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Saturday said the number of individuals affected by the Taal Volcano eruption has reached 348,563.

In its 6 a.m. situational report, the NDRRMC said these individuals are equivalent to a total of 90,533 families. 

Of this number, 37,445 families or 137,994 people are taking temporary shelter in 488 evacuation centers. Meanwhile, 38,102 families or 148,271 persons are served outside evacuation centers.

The affected families were provided with P27,056,685.01 worth of assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health and various local government agencies, the NDRRMC said.

The council also reported that eight road sections in CALABARZON are reported closed due to debris clearing operations while some roads were locked down as safety precautions for the community.

The following cities and municipalities in Batangas have implemented lockdown:

  • Lemery (total lockdown)
  • Agoncillo (total lockdown)
  • Laurel (partial lockdown)
  • Balete (total lockdown)
  • Sta. Teresita (total lockdown)
  • Talisay (total lockdown)
  • Taal (partial lockdown)
  • San Nicolas (total lockdown)
  • Mataas na Kahoy (total lockdown)
  • Cuenca (partial lockdown)
  • Alitagtag (partial lockdown)
  • Tanuan (total lockdown).

 

The total damage to agriculture due to the Taal Volcano eruption has reached P3,215,788,882.00 in Batangas, Laguna, and Cavite.

On Saturday, the sulfur dioxide emission from Taal Volcano has increased while its seismic activity continued, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said. 

In its 8 a.m. bulletin, PHIVOLCS said sulfur dioxide released by Taal Volcano increased to an average of 409 tonnes per day — higher than Friday's average of 224 tonnes per day.

Alert Level 4 still remains in effect over Taal Volcano, PHIVOLCS said, adding that a hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days. —Ted Cordero/KG, GMA News