MANILA (Xinhua) – The Philippine government has released 61.5 million pesos (about 1.37 million US dollars) to the Albay provincial government to expand their relief operations in assisting evacuees affected by the impending eruption of Mayon Volcano, a senior government official said Sunday.
Over 14,000 families, or nearly 61,000 individuals, have remained affected in 39 villages in eastern Philippine province of Albay due to possible eruption of the volcano, the state disaster management agency said.
Of the affected population, 11,859 families or 47,190 people have continued to be assisted inside 46 evacuation centres, it added.
Department of Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad said the Albay provincial government is working closely with other government agencies to ensure the well-being of all affected families in evacuation centers.
“We are confident that Albay Governor Joey Salceda and his team will be able to direct their relief operations with the appropriate support from the national government,” he said.
The areas surrounding Mayon Volcano have been evacuated given the possibility of an eruption due to the presence of magma at the crater and a number of earthquakes in the past week, as reported by the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology.