State of Calamity expected to be declared in Batangas due to Taal Volcano

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The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council or NDRRMC is expected to recommend to the Provincial Government Council of Batangas to declare the province under a state of calamity due to the continuous volcanic activity in the Taal volcano. Due to the explosion, activities in the East and Southern areas of the province have been severely hampered and affected.

Alert level 4 has been maintained after experts noticed a new sprout at the crater island within the lake. PHILVOCS say there are six craters in the island which now spew dangerous gases, mud, and ash.

NDRRMC says 966 or about 7,742 persons have been evacuated in 38 evacuation centers which are located in the following areas:

Batangas–844 families, 6,346 persons

Cavite–122 families, 1,396 persons

A state of calamity is a condition wherein the territory is under constant threat to life and property. Most of the evacuees came from Talisay and San Nicolas towns.

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