Philippines
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Thousands in Philippines flee as volcano spews lava

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/16/18, 09:20 am

A province in the central Philippines on Tuesday declared a state of calamity as a lava-spewing volcano sent more than 34,000 people fleeing for shelter. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the lava flowed as far as 1.2 miles from Mount Mayon, and ash fell over several villages in the Albay province. The volcano began to erupt Saturday. The volcanology institute continued to record tremors, and warned the volcano’s activity signified a possible eruption within days or weeks. The calamity declaration will give the province faster access to disaster funds.

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A powerful typhoon that killed hundreds in the Philippines over the weekend weakened to a tropical depression on Tuesday and failed to make an expected landfall in Vietnam. Weather forecasters had warned that Typhoon Tembin could hit Vietnam’s vulnerable Mekong Delta region. The country’s disaster prevention committee on Monday evacuated approximately 74,000 people and shut down schools in Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon), Vietnam’s largest city.

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Four people die, 240 rescued in Philippine ferry crash

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/21/17, 10:47 am

Four people died and rescuers saved 240 others after a Philippine ferry battling bad weather  capsized off the country’s northeast coast Thursday. More than 250 passengers and crew members boarded the interisland ferry earlier in the day from a port in Quezon province. Donel Jade Mendiola, one of the survivors, told local radio station DZMM that bad weather briefly delayed the ferry’s departure, and it battled against strong winds and large waves about two hours into the trip. “The vessel came to a halt and started taking in water in the front side,” Mendiola said.

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