By Francis Wakefield
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) yesterday said the number of families affected by Mayon volcano’s increasing unrest already reached 5,318 or 21,823 persons from 25 barangays in Albay province.
NDRRMC spokesperson Romina Marasigan said the affected families/persons came from the municipalities/cities of Camalig, Guinobatan, Daraga, Malilipot , Ligao City and Tabaco City in the province of Albay (Region V), and are currently staying in 18 designated evacuation centers.
Marasigan said the number of affected families/residents increased as of 2 a.m. today due to the lava flow coming from the volcano.
She said a total of nine episodes of tremor, four of which accompanied short-duration lava fountaining, and 75 lava collapse events, corresponding to rockfall along the front and margins of advancing lava and short pyroclastic flows downriver of Miisi Gully within the permanent danger zone were recorded by Mayon’s seismic network.
Marasigan added that collapse events and some degrassing events at the summit crater generated ash that rose to 2 km and fell on barangays of Camalig, Guinobatan and Polangui.
Lava flow on the the Miisi Gully has currently advanced to approximately 2 km from the crater, while shorter volume lava flows have been emplaced on the upper slopes of the Bongga Gully.
“Alert Level 3 remains in effect over Mayon Volcano, which means that it is currently in a relatively high level of unrest as magma is at the crater and hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days,” the NDRRMC said.
Due to Mayon’s increasing restiveness, classes in the municipalities of Guinobatan, Camalig and Tabaco City (preschool to senior high school) and Sto. Domingo town (all levels) were suspended.
Marasigan said the NDRRMC remains in Blue Alert status.