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NDRRMC: Over 7,200 people affected by Taal activity

A total of 7,237 people or 2,047 families were affected by the activity of Taal Volcano as Alert Level 3 was maintained on Thursday.

In its report, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the affected population were from 18 barangays in Batangas.

A total of 4,165 individuals or 1,209 families were staying inside 20 evacuation centers, while 1,952 persons or 500 families were staying in other places, it added.

The government provided P1,235,295 worth of assistance to the affected families, including food packs, according to the NDRRMC.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said no volcanic earthquakes were recorded in Taal in the past 24 hours.

In its report of its observation from 5 a.m. on Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday, PHIVOLCS said the volcano emitted 6,405 tons of sulfur dioxide on Wednesday.

The plume rose up to 1,500 meters in moderate emission drifting southwest.

PHIVOLCS raised Alert Level 3, signifying magmatic unrest, over Taal Volcano on Saturday morning from Alert Level 2, which signified increasing unrest, following "a short-lived phreatomagmatic burst."

On Tuesday, PHIVOLCS chief Undersecretary Renato Solidum Jr. said Taal Volcano may be downgraded to Alert Level 2 (increasing unrest) within the next two weeks if the situation further improves. —Joviland Rita/KBK, GMA News