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Relief for Victims of Taal Volcano in the Philippines

Field Report by Dina Sleiman

PHILIPPINES – On Sunday, January 12, the Taal Volcano in Batangas, Philippines, erupted with a massive plume of ash that reached up to nine miles into the air. Since that time, the area has remained on high alert as lava, mud and ash continue to spew from the volcano. People within a 14-kilometer radius of the volcano have been evacuated.

An elderly victim named Soledad said that when the strong tremors hit, “It felt like our house would collapse! We did not want to leave our house and animals, but the police came and forced us to evacuate.”

The volcano has also spawned hundreds of earthquakes in the area, and more eruptions remain possible. Tens of thousands of the people have poured into evacuation centers and you’ve been there to help!

As soon as Operation Blessing Philippines heard the early reports, they rushed to the scene with disaster relief. Initially they focused on visiting the evacuation centers with dust masks and food packets. As the tragedy continued to unfold, they provided hygiene supplies. And in the coming days they plan to expand their outreach to supplying sleeping mats, blankets, and much needed medical care. To date we’ve assisted over 9,000 people.

Thank you so much for being there for the victims of the Taal Volcano. Please keep them in your prayers, and consider giving a special donation for disaster victims at this time.

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