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21,000 individuals near Mayon evacuated

MANILA--The number of families evacuated from the communities near Mayon Volcano in Albay has now reached 4,742 or 21,092 inidividuals in 19 barangays, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

NDRRMC added that the affected persons were evacuated to 18 evacuation centers.

As of Thursday, the agency said the figure can be broken down into: Tabaco City, 486 families or 2,077 persons; Guinobatan, 1,144 families or 5,933 persons; Camalig, 140 families or 728 persons; Ligao City, 383 families or 1,915 persons; Daraga 1,869 famiilies or 7,476 persons; and Malilipot with 720 families or 2,963 persons.

It added the areas in the six-kilometer radius permanent danger zone (PDZ) has eight cities and municipalities with 46 barangays.

RELATED: What happens to the animals in Mayon's danger zone? Salceda explains 

The classes in schools situated six-kilometer radius PDZ around the volcano and the seven-kilometer extended danger zone (EDZ) remain suspended since September 16.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Thursday still raised the volcano's alert status to Level 3, which means that a hazardous explosive eruption is possible within weeks.

The Phivolcs recorded 142 volcanic earthquakes and 251 rockfall events during the past 24-hour observation period.

Rizza Villeza, science research specialist of the Phivolcs' Volcano Monitoring Division, advised Albay residents to avoid entering the six-kilometer radius permanent danger zone (PDZ) around the volcano and the seven-kilometer extended danger zone (EDZ) on the southeastern flank due to the continuing threat of rockfalls, landslides, and sudden explosions that may generate lava flow.

“We recommend no habitation within the PDZ and EDZ as the public should be aware and observe safety,” she noted.

Villeza said the increasing number of volcanic tremors around the volcano clearly showed that Mt. Mayon continues to be on a heightened state of restiveness. --by Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan (PNA)

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