Albay orders mandatory evacuation, class suspension in Mayon danger zone

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 8) — The local government of Albay has ordered the mandatory evacuation of residents within the permanent danger zone (PDZ) of Mayon Volcano, where the alert has been raised to Level 3 due to "an increased tendency towards hazardous eruption."

In an advisory released Thursday, Albay Governor Edcel "Grex" Lagman directed provincial disaster management officials to begin the preemptive evacuation of residents inside the PDZ's six-kilometer radius.

Classes in all levels for schools inside the PDZ have also been suspended.

Lagman also ordered disaster officials to prepare for a possible evacuation of people inside the seven-kilometer radius extended danger zone should Mayon's alert level be further raised to Level 4.

Around 2,400 families or 10,000 individuals are expected to be evacuated from the six-kilometer PDZ, Albay's public information office (PIO) told CNN Philippines.

Meanwhile, if evacuation is ordered from within the seven-kilometer radius of the volcano, the number of evacuees could reach at least 16,000 or 4,600 families.

Government agencies have been preparing for evacuations following the increasing number and volume of rockfall events in Mayon Volcano.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it has prepositioned at least 1,500 large tents for residents forced to leave their homes.

At least 100,000 food packs have also been prepared in various warehouses in Albay in preparation for the worst-case scenario for Mayon, the DSWD added.

The Department of Agriculture advised farmers to evacuate animals to safer areas and secure their farm equipment and machinery.