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Aquino sets visit to Bulusan folk

source: regina bengco |

MALACAÑANG yesterday said President Aquino wants to visit Sorsogon province next month to check on the situation of people living around Bulusan Volcano, which is ejecting ash and steam.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said authorities are studying Bulusan’s condition before Aquino schedules his visit.

“Siya ay concerned sa nangyayari sa Bulusan so isa yan sa mga planong gagawing hakbang ni Pangulong Aquino,” Lacierda said.

The Bulusan area is also threatened by more lahar flows due to heavy rains from a cold front that is affecting the Bicol region.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Bulusan’s volcanic activity increased during a 24-hour observation period from Sunday to early Monday as seismic instruments registered nine volcanic quakes, compared to only three in the previous observation period.

Clouds covering the volcano’s summit prevented volcanologists from seeing any steaming activity and from taking sulphur dioxide emissions.

Phivolcs said Bulusan Volcano remains under Alert Level 1, and people were advised not to enter the four-kilometer radius permanent danger zone. Those living in the northwest and southwest sectors were reminded to take precautions against ash falls.

Gushing of mud or lahar temporarily stopped yesterday with the absence of rainfall occurred in the area for the past 24 hour.

The last mudflow occurred Thursday as a result of heavy rains. Mud deposits of two to three feet high were reported to be building up along river channels near Juban and Irosin towns.

Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said while the volume of mudflow in the river channels is still very minimal, heavy rainfall could “remobilize” about 470,000 cubic meters of ash deposited on the slopes.

The weather bureau said the Bicol region, of which Sorsogon is a part, will experience cloudy and rainy weather for the next three days due to a cold front.

Weather forecaster Buddy Javier said the tail-end of a cold front would continue to bring mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Central and Southern Luzon until Thursday.

The Bicol region has been experiencing rainy weather since Thursday.
With Angela Lopez de Leon



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