Philippines should prepare flee to safer areas because of volcanic mudflows

A resident wades through a river with lahar flow coming from Mount Mayon volcano in Guinobatan, Albay province, south of Manila, Philippines January 27, 2018. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Vastavam web: Residents around an erupting volcano in central Philippines should prepare to flee to safer areas because of risks from huge debris that could be swept from slopes by heavy rains, state volcanologists said on Saturday.The most active volcano in the poor Southeast Asian country has been spewing lava and ash for the last two weeks and may have a major eruption within days, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.The provincial government has expanded its danger zone to a 9 km (5.6 miles) radius of Mount Mayon in Albay province from the 8 km radius set by volcanologists.

“It’s really a dangerous combination for the communities. Lahar from Mayon can carry huge boulder and it can bury communities, wash away people and everything in its path, but also because of impact.”She said boulders as huge as cars and houses could roll down Mayon’s slopes swiftly in minutes.In Salvacion village, many farmers were sneaking inside the danger zone to plant and look after farm animals saying they need to earn a living.Farm worker Edna Medina said they are ready anytime to flee when the volcano erupts.”When the volcano does erupt, we’ll get out of here using our motorcycle then head straight for the main road out,” she added.