Batangas evacuees in desperate need of food and water

At the municipal hall of Mataas na Kahoy in the province of Batangas, south of Manila, residents are waiting for donations of food and water as they struggle for normalcy after Taal volcano’s eruption.

They were displaced after the government declared mandatory evacuations for residents within the 14-kilometer radius danger zone.

Local officials are struggling to provide for the needs of their constituents — with limited resources reaching their municipality.

While no one is allowed to stay within these areas, residents are allowed temporary access to their homes to retrieve their belongings.

The Philippine interior department is calling on affected residents to follow the directive of the national government, and leave their homes if they are within 14 kilometers of the volcano’s main crater.

In the event that the danger zone is expanded to 17 kilometers, this will now include more towns such as Calaca, San Luis, San Pascual, San Jose, Lipa, Malvar and Sto. Tomas in Batangas, and some parts of Silang, Amadeo, Alfonso, and Mendez in Cavite province.

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