Kanla-on Eruption, 19 Families in Brgy. Ma-ao Evacuated for Sulfur Smell

A total of 19 families in Barangay Ma-ao, Bago City evacuated to the Barangay Gym due to sulfur smell after Kanlaon Volcano erupted at about 6:20 p.m., Tuesday.

City Administrator Rommel P. Tam, CDRRMO Jake Aizpuro with CHO Dr. Frances Jalandoni, City Disaster Crisis Management Response Team of La Carlota conduct an on-the-spot actual inspection on the damage brought by the eruption of Kanla-on Volcano to root crops, plants, flowers, bushes, trees, roads, houses and other infrastructure projects and properties for assessment and evaluation report in Sitio Guintubdan, Barangay Ara-al, La Carlota City.* (CDRRMO-La Carlota City photo)

Negros Occidental Provincial Disaster Management Team action officer, Roy Cailan stressed that the evacuation was not triggered by the minor eruption of Kanlaon Volcano, but the sulfur smell it emitted brought about by the eruption.

Barangay Ma-ao is located near the foot of the volcano.

Cailan added that aside from the Ma-ao evacuation, there are no more reported evacuation in the localities of La Carlota City, La Castellana and Moises Padilla which are all situated at the foot of the volcano.

He pointed out that it was only the teachers assigned at the Masulog Elementary School in La Castellana town who requested assistance to leave the area after the eruption.

He said the residents in the area, who are used to the rumblings of Kanlaon, were not disturbed at all.

Cailan also called on those using the social media not to post fake photos of a volcano erupting and making it appear as if it is Kanlaon Volcano.

He clarified that there was no lava flow.

Cailan said that the fire seen at the crater of the Kanlaon Volcano were bush fire and grass fire.

He explained further that the ash spewed by the volcano was very hot and fell on the bushes that triggered the fire making it appear from a distance that the fire came from the crater.

He stressed that monitoring of Kanlaon Volcano is continuing.

As of noon, yesterday, residents of the neighboring Brgy. Ilijan were given face masks by the local disaster council following the ash fall that occurred last night’s phreatic explosion of Mount Kanlaon.

Ashes are all over the streets, roofs of houses and leaves of trees.

The residents were also given drinking water and medicines since their source of water from the spring is contaminated with ash from the volcano.

Residents have already been briefed by the local rescue teams of emergency measures and evacuation procedure in case another ash eruption occurs.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said that Alert Level 1 remains in effect over Kanlaon Volcano.*



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