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Thousands Evacuated as Mayon Volcano Rumbles in the Philippines

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The picturesque Mayon volcano in the Philippines has triggered the evacuation of thousands of residents as it rumbles with heightened activity. Rising plumes of white smoke have been observed emanating from its crater, prompting concerns of a potential hazardous eruption. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has raised the alert level to three, indicating an increased tendency towards volcanic activity.

In northeastern Albay province, more than 6,000 villagers residing within a six-kilometer (3.7-mile) radius of the volcano have been urgently relocated to ensure their safety. However, the evacuation efforts are far from over, as authorities anticipate the need to move thousands more from the permanent danger zone. Adding to the urgency is the looming threat of Typhoon Guchol, which approaches the Philippines from the Pacific, potentially unleashing heavy rains in the region.

Residents living outside the immediate danger zone have taken the initiative to pack their belongings and voluntarily seek refuge in evacuation centers located in Albay. To expedite emergency response and aid efforts, Albay province was declared a state of calamity on Friday, enabling the swift allocation of necessary funds in case a major eruption occurs.

With the uncertain combination of volcanic activity and the impending typhoon, the situation remains precarious for those residing near Mayon’s slopes. Continuous monitoring and preparedness efforts are crucial to ensure the safety and well-being of the affected communities in the face of these natural challenges.

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