Lava cascades down the slopes of the Mayon volcano seen from Busay Village in Legazpi city, Albay province, 340 kilometers (210 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.
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Albay under state of calamity due to Mayon unrest
Gaea Katreena Cabico (The Philippine Star) - January 16, 2018 - 5:15pm

MANILA, Philippines — The provincial government of Albay has declared a “state of calamity” Tuesday as the hazardous eruption of Mayon Volcano is possible within weeks or even days.

The provincial board approved Gov. Al Francis Bichara’s request to declare a state of calamity Tuesday.

In an interview on ANC’s “The Bureau,” Bichara asked the assistance of government agencies and the private sector in helping residents and evacuees.

Mina Marasigan, National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council spokesperson, said that a total of 5,318 families or 21,823 persons were forced to leave their residences as of Monday night due to a "lava fountain" from Mayon Volcano.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert status level of Mayon Volcano to Level 3 Sunday night after exhibiting “relatively high unrest and that magma is at the center.”

Last Saturday, Mayon Volcano, the country’s most active volcano, generated a steam-driven explosion.

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