Category Archives: disaster

FLOOD UPDATES: Thousands evacuated in Marikina

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned in a bulletin at 11 am that rain would persist in parts of Luzon in the next 24 hours, as the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council ordered preemptive evacuation of thousands of residents of Marikina City.

The weather bureau said that rain on Saturday, July 24, brought by the southwest monsoon was heaviest in Zambales and Bataan and in the regions of Metro Manila, Ilocos, Cordillera, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa.

Palace monitoring situation in areas hit by heavy monsoon rains

 July 24, 2021

MANILA – Malacañang on Saturday said it is closely monitoring the situation in the country as heavy monsoon rains continue to drench parts of Luzon.“We are closely monitoring the weather situation, especially flood-prone and landslide-prone areas, where heavy rainfall warning… Read More

Forced evacuation as Marikina River water level rises

 July 24, 2021

MANILA – About 3,077 families living in communities near the Marikina River have been evacuated as its water level continued to rise due to the heavy monsoon rains, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Saturday.In a message to reporters, Mark Cashean… Read More

PHIVOLCS WARNS: ‘Explosive’ Taal eruption could be coming

 The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) appealed yesterday to residents living within the seven-kilometer danger zone of Taal Volcano not to return to their homes yet due to the threat of “explosive eruptions.”

Phivolcs warns of �explosive� Taal eruption

“We need to observe Taal Volcano’s activities. In case there will be a downward trend, we have to wait for two weeks to make sure that it’s already safe to return and to lower its status,” Science Undersecretary and Phivolcs officer-in-charge Renato Solidum Jr. said in an interview with Teleradyo.

While there is presently no indication of a bigger eruption, Solidum reminded the public to “be vigilant, because magma is rising.”

On Thursday, Phivolcs raised the alert level of Taal from 2 (increased unrest) to 3 (magmatic unrest) as it reminded the public to avoid entering Taal Volcano island and the high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel in Batangas.

Phivolcs also issued an evacuation advisory covering the barangays of Banyaga and Bilibinwang in Agoncillo, and the barangays of Gulod, Boso-boso and Lakeshore Bugaan East in Laurel town. Affected areas also include Poblacion, and Sinturisan in San Nicolas, Subic Ilaya in Agoncillo, Apacay, Taal, Boot in Tanauan City and San Sebastian in Balete.

VOLCANO ALERT: Taal forced evacuation starts

Residents of 13 Batangas barangays evacuate due to Taal unrest

 July 2, 2021

MANILA – Residents of 13 barangays near the Taal Volcano in Batangas have started to evacuate due to the volcano’s unrest, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday said.Mark Cashean Timbal, NDRRMC deputy spokesperson, said the barangays from six towns are… Read More

VOLCANO ALERT: Taal under tight watch

Phreatomagmatic eruption prompts Phivolcs to raise alert level status

Palace closely monitoring Taal Volcano amid unrest

 July 2, 2021

MANILA–Malacañang assured the public on Friday that it is closely monitoring Taal Volcano, a day after its main crater generated a short-lived dark phreatomagmatic plume that rose 1 km. high.

“We are closely monitoring the situation in Taal after the phreatomagmatic eruptions that… Read More

Cops to oversee safety protocols in Taal-affected areas

 July 2, 2021

MANILA – Police units have been ordered to coordinate with local officials on how minimum health safety protocols would be observed inside evacuation centers in Batangas towns affected by the Taal Volcano unrest.Philippine National Police chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said on Friday there… Read More

We are closely monitoring the situation in Taal after the phreatomagmatic eruptions that… Read More

4 phreatomagmatic bursts recorded in Taal

 July 2, 2021

MANILA – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has so far recorded four short phreatomagmatic bursts in the Taal Volcano since it was placed under Alert Level 3 (magmatic unrest).In a bulletin Friday, Phivolcs said phreatomagmatic bursts happened at 6:26 p.m., 7:21… Read More


Military assets deployed to aid towns near Taal Volcano

 July 2, 2021

MANILA – Military personnel, vehicles and equipment have been deployed to assist in several Batangas towns affected by Taal Volcano’s unrest, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday.AFP spokesperson Marine Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said two military trucks come from the 2nd… Read More