Mayon Volcano Eruption


After a long period of dormancy, the almost perfect cone Mayon Volcano again spewed its lava in March. Hundreds of families were displaced with schools and recreational halls serving as evacuation centers. The most affected municipalities were Legaspi, Daraga and Guinobatan. Older persons and children were mostly affected by thick smoke that block air passageway making breathing hard.

Health authorities closely coordinated with the National Disaster Coordinating Council in rescuing trapped residents and those refusing to evacuate. Emergency rescue teams were formed and worked 24 hours a day assisting residents. Appropriate drugs and medicines were sent to the different evacuation centers.

At the evacuation camps, overcrowding and sanitation were the main problems. The common diseases and causes of consultations were colds, acute respiratory infection, emphysema, eye infection and skin allergies.