Philippines: Red Cross distributes thousands of masks after Mayon volcano explosion

The Philippine Red Cross distributed thousands of face masks in Albay's municipalities of Camalig and Guinobatan after the country's most active volcano exploded once again on Tuesday, spewing plumes of ash, lava fragments and steam into the air. Some 2,000 masks were distributed at Guinobatan's Lower Binogsacan Elementary and High School, which serves as an evacuation centre. By late Monday... Еще, more than 30,000 masks, medical supplies and water were distributed in evacuation centers across the area. Following Monday's explosion, Philippine authorities raised the alert level on Mount Mayon to four on a scale of five, warning that a «hazardous eruption» may be imminent, even within hours or days. Authorities also expanded the danger zone around the volcano to a radius of eight kilometres (five miles). More than 40,000 people have been evacuated since Mount Mayon rumbled back to life on January 13. The 2,460-metre (8,070-feet) Mayon is the most active volcano in the archipelagic Philippines, located in Albay Province. Mandatory credit: MJ Evalarosa / IFRC

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