‘Bayanihan’ eruption: Unaffected cities, towns welcome evacuees

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SANTO TOMAS CITY, Batangas, Philippines — Towns in Batangas province, including the poorest ones, that are unaffected by the eruption of Taal Volcano have opened their doors to thousands of evacuees.

The towns as well as cities, mostly on the western coast of Batangas, willingly offered shelter and provisions, like food and clothing.

“We were just lucky. If the wind had blown further south, it would have been us (affected),” said Alex Pimentel, chief of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) of Nasugbu town.

Ash blanketed 11 towns and cities along the Taal lakeside in the western section of Batangas, forcing more than 25,000 people to flee, according to …

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The Philippine Daily Inquirer, popularly known as the Inquirer, is an English-language newspaper in the Philippines. Founded in 1985, it is often regarded as the Philippines' newspaper of record.

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