DPWH ready for Mayon ashfall: chief

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Posted at Jan 18 2018 10:39 AM

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MANILA - The Department of Public Works and Highways is prepared should Mayon Volcano spew great amount of ash, the secretary said Thursday.

Alert level 3, where "there is always the tendency for a hazardous eruption," is in effect in Albay towns amid the foreboding eruption of the volcano. Thousands of residents within the danger zone were forced to evacuate.

The DPWH has pre-positioned equipment in case of evacuation or clearing operations and alternative routes for national roads have been prepared in case of ashfall, said Secretary Mark Villar.

"We’re ready. We’re working with the local government and we’ll do our best to prepare even for the worst case scenario," he told ANC's Headstart.

Mayon, a tourist attraction because of its near-perfect cone shape, showed a bright crater glow on Sunday, signifying lava had started to flow from the crater.

Locals were told to not enter the six kilometer-radius permanent danger zone and seven-kilometer extended danger zone on the southern flanks due to danger of rockfalls, sudden explosion, or dome collapse.