CARE Ready to Respond to Philippine’s Taal Volcano, Possible Hazardous Eruption

MADRID, 13 January 2020 – On the afternoon of 12 January 2020, the Taal Volcano located in the province of Batangas in Luzon Island had a steam driven explosion. It has since been in a period of unrest, resulting in 75 volcanic earthquakes with intensities ranging between two to four within the vicinity of the volcano as of 5 AM PHT on 13 January.

The local government of Batangas declared a state of calamity on 13 January at 2 PM PHT. Authorities have begun evacuating residents to neighboring municipalities. Total evacuation of Taal Volcano Island has been ordered.

Lava fountains have been visible from the crater of the volcano. Ash fall has also spread across the island of Luzon, reaching even the northernmost islands. Local authorities have advised the public to remain indoors and wear protective gear, particularly face masks to prevent inhaling ash.

According to the PHIVOLCS Volcano Bulletin shared on 13 January 13 at 8 AM PHT, Taal Volcano remains to be on Alert Level 4. A hazardous eruption remains a possibility within the next hours or days.

CARE has deployed an assessment team into the area to gather information on priority needs of the affected population. CARE is closely monitoring the activity of Taal Volcano together with our partner organizations ACCORD (Assistance and Cooperation for Community Resilience and Development) and CDRC (Citizens Disaster Response Center).

"CARE and partner teams are ready to provide assistance to those who are affected by the Taal Volcano eruption," says David Gazashvili, CARE’s country director in the Philippines.

CARE has worked in the Philippines since 1949, providing emergency relief when disaster strikes and helping communities prepare for disasters. CARE is currently responding to the recent earthquakes in Mindanao, Typhoon Kammuri in Visayas, and the displacement crisis in Marawi, Maguindanao and other areas of Mindanao.

CARE has spokespeople available. For media inquiries, please contact:

Lama Alsafi | 613-228-5641

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