Shutting time for Taal villages

World | ASSOCIATED PRESS 20 Jan 2020

Philippine officials said last night villagers will not be allowed to live on the island where an active volcano lies.

Taal has simmered after erupting on January 12 with a plume of ash reaching Manila, 65 kilometers away.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said officials in Batangas province, where the volcano is located, have been told to find a safe area for about 6,000 families who lived in four Taal villages and worked mostly as tourist guides, farmers and fish pen minders.

The island has long been declared as a national park off limits to permanent villages, but people have lived there for decades.

Renato Solidum, head of the volcanology agency, said: "They've lived on a volcano with 47 craters. It's like having a gun pointed at you."

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