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Philippines : Volcanic Eruption : 2000/02
GLIDE: VO-2000-000089-PHL  DRR & Disaster Information

Duration 2000/02
Country
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District
Philippines
Name Volcanic Eruption
Outline Mt. Mayon in Albay province, 330 km southeast of Manila, one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines, erupted on 24 February 2000. Since its first explosion in June last year, the volcano has been restive for eight months.
The Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) had already declared an alert at Level 3 on a scale of five, meaning critical situation and a possible hazardous eruption within weeks. On 6 March, 14,114 families comprising 68,426 persons have been housed in 52 evacuation centres.

Summary
Human Impact Physical Impact Others
OCHA Situation Report No.5 2000/03/23
The number of evacuees has shrunk to 5,751 families. These comprise 27,849 people who are temporarily living in 24 evacuation centres. Agricultural damage, including the loss of farm animals, is estimated at PHP 89.9 million (approximately US Dollars 2.2 million).
AFP 2000/03/01
The volcano was quiet early Wednesday, showing only light steaming activity after five days of near continual eruptions which displaced 83,000 people by official count.

OCHA Situation Report No.2 2000/02/29
One casualty has been reported so far. As of 27 February around 48,000 people have reportedly been evacuated, including those who had been evacuated before the eruption.


OCHA Situation Report No.1 2000/02/24
Currently more than 29,000 people have reportedly been evacuated, including some 5,000 people who had been evacuated in advance, to centres which local authorities had set up.



Related Links
Report/Articles
  • OCHA Situation Report No.5 2000/03/23

  • OCHA Situation Report No.4 2000/03/14
    Various Government agencies continue to extend aid and monitor the condition of the affected population. Nine municipalities have benefited from relief assistance, to the value of approx. USD 64,000.
  • AFP 2000/03/07
    A wall of debris tumbled down Mayon volcano's slope Tuesday, triggering an ash cloud that smothered several eastern Philippine towns.
  • OCHA Situation Report No.3 2000/03/07
    Various Government agencies continue to implement relief activities including the distribution of relief goods such as 17,000 facemasks, environmental and health sanitation projects and monitoring of the health status of evacuees.
  • AFP 2000/03/06
    Nearly 10,000 people displaced by Mayon volcano's eruption were Monday told to return to their villages after the troublesome eastern Philippines mountain stayed relatively quiet for a fifth straight day.
  • Reuters 2000/03/06
    Thousands of Philippine villagers ignored the danger of eruptions and made their way back to their homes under the deadly Mayon volcano on Monday.
  • Reuters 2000/03/04
    U.S. soldiers began joining in relief efforts on Saturday to bring shelters and clean water to nearly 70,000 people who fled the powerful eruptions of a volcano in central Philippines.
  • Deutsche Presse Agentur 2000/03/02
    Disaster and relief officials braced on Thursday for more evacuations of people as mudslides threatened to choke river banks and bury low-lying areas at the foot of the erupting Mayon volcano in the eastern Philippines.
  • AFP 2000/03/02
    A Philippine official on Thursday appealed for more US government assistance to tens of thousands of people displaced by the erupting Mayon volcano.
  • AFP 2000/03/01
    After nearly a week of eruptions, the area around Mayon volcano in the eastern Philippines braced Wednesday for potentially deadly mud avalanches.
  • Yahoo! News
    Photos of Philippines' Mayon volcano
  • ReliefWeb
    A list of the latest major documents added to ReliefWeb pertaining to the volcanic eruption in the Philippines.
  • OCHA Situation Report No.2 2000/02/29
    Since the first eruption in the morning of 24 February 2000, Mt. Mayon has had a series of intermittent explosions. During 27-28 February around 20 ash and gas explosions were reported.
  • OCHA Situation Report No.1 2000/02/24
    So far there are no reports of injuries. Before the eruption, local authorities had declared a six-kilometre radius from Mayon's summit as danger zone and ordered the evacuation of thousands of villagers living on the slopes of the volcano.