Elderly woman dies of cardiac arrest during Taal evacuation

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Posted at Jan 16 2020 11:09 AM | Updated as of Jan 16 2020 02:07 PM

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A 65-year-old woman in Batangas province died of cardiac arrest as thousands of residents fled from the grumbling Taal Volcano, a local official said Thursday. 

The fatality from Taal town, Anastasia Perez Dionisio, had health problems even before the volcano belched an ash column that reached Metro Manila on Sunday, said Lito Castro, head of the province's disaster office.

"Ito po'y kaya pumanaw, cardiac arrest during evacuation... Sadyang may sakit na iyong matanda at nag-trigger po iyong scenario nag-e-evacuate," he told radio DZMM. 

(She died of cardiac arrest during evacuation. She was already sick and it was triggered by the evacuation.) 

Local authorities are checking reports of another 27-year-old fatality, said Castro. 

Two other reported fatalities died even before the eruption, he said. 

"Talagang nagiging maingat din po kami sa pagsinop ng records," he added. 

(We are careful about collating records.) 

Batangas earlier declared a state of calamity to tap emergency funds and impose a price freeze on basic goods.

Taal, which sits in the center of a lake south of the capital, remains under the second highest danger level, meaning a "hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days," said Phivolcs. 

DZMM, Jan. 15, 2020