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In Albay, residents cope with effects of volcanic activities

As Mayon volcano continued to spew ash and lava for the past few days, over 75,000 residents have left their homes to move to safer ground as of Thursday.




According to a "24 Oras" report by Susan Enriquez residents are afraid but are also used to the volcano acting up.

GMA News chanced upon Legazpi resident Teresita Miña, who went home to pick up some items from her house.

She said if she had a choice she preferred return to her home in Barangay Mabinit, given the situation of the evacuation center she was staying in.

"Para sa akin gusto ko nang bumalik, kasi nakakapagod doon (evacuation center) kasi mainit. Masyadong mainit. Tapos 'yung tubig, masyadong, pag ganito, mahina," she said.

Her husband Danilo has chosen to stay home and look after their houses despite the eruptions.

"Madaming hayop ang inaasikaso dito," he said.

Jelma Poguilla, who evacuated from Barangay Matnog in the town of Daraga, likewise returned to her house to get supplies and do some laundry.

"May suplay man, sa baba lang. Hindi nakakataas. Kaya kami..umuuwi nalang kami. Nakikisakay nalang kami kung may truck o tricycle na nag-uwi...Pinsan ko o pamangkin ko, sumasamasakay ako," Jelma said.

Jelma's husband, meanwhile, harvested flowers to sell so they have money to spend during their stay at the evacuation center.

In the town of Libon, farmers said the continuing ash fall is causing damaging on their crops.

"Kung sige-sige ang ash fall talagang mamamatay na 'yung mga (inaudible) namin, kawawa naman 'yung mga magsasaka ng Bicol," said a farmer, Bok Nueva.

The local government of Libon also advised fish pen owners to consider an early harvest to avoid possible fish kill due to the ash fall. — Margaret Claire Layug/BAP, GMA News



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