South Korea, Manila, Bulacan send aid for evacuees in wake of Taal Volcano eruption


Posted at Jan 16 2020 06:45 PM | Updated as of Jan 17 2020 11:18 AM

Evacuees choose among a pile of donated clothes at the Bauan Technical High School in Batangas on January 16, 2020. As of the evening of January 15, 838 families coming from different towns affected by the Taal Volcano eruption have fled to the Bauan Technical High School which currently serves as the central evacuation center in the area. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - South Korea and the local governments of Bulacan and the City of Manila have pitched in to help those affected by the eruption of the Taal Volcano.

South Korea pledged $200,000 or around P10 million in humanitarian aid for the Taal evacuees, said a report from the Yonhap News Agency.

South Korea's foreign ministry will be coursing the aid through the Philippine Red Cross.

"Through the swift provision of relief goods to those who are in evacuation centers due to the volcanic eruption, we hope this aid will contribute to the stabilization of the victims' lives," the ministry said in a press release.

Meanwhile, the local governments of Manila and Bulacan have also sent help for affected town in Batangas.

In a Facebook post, Bulacan Gov. Daniel Fernando said the provincial government sent a rescue and medical team to Batangas to help the victims.

They have also donated a total of P1 million and 5,000 packs of relief goods.

The City of Manila, meanwhile, donated a total of P2.5 million to municipalities severely affected by the Taal Volcano eruption on Sunday.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, in a Facebook post, said the municipalities of Talisay, Taal, Agoncillo, Lemery and Laurel will be receiving P500,000 each.

Taal, which sits in the center of a lake south of the capital, belched Sunday a giant ash cloud that coated parts of Luzon, suspended airport operations overnight, and forced thousands to flee.

The volcano remains under the second highest danger level, which means a "hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days," said Phivolcs.