Philippine Volcano Erupts, Forcing Evacuation of Thousands of Residents


A lock-down is being implemented by police in three towns in the Philippines near an erupting volcano, 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of capital Manila, to prevent residents from returning home as heavy ash fall and tremors continue in the area.

More than 38,000 people are currently staying in evacuation centers due to the Taal volcano’s eruption, the disaster management agency said in a report Tuesday.

Farm damage from the eruption, including rice, corn, coffee, cacao and bananas, has reached 577.59 million pesos ($11.4 million), the Agriculture Department said. Mass fish deaths are expected in the lake surrounding the volcano because of toxic sulfur levels.

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