(28 Jan 2018) Multiple government agencies held a preparedness drill on Sunday near an erupting volcano in the Philippines.
The drill was organised to ensure troops and equipment would be ready for all eventualities caused by either the erupting Mount Mayon or the intense rains currently affecting the area.
The Mayon volcano has been active since 13 January, repeatedly producing lava, ash and molten rock, driving more than 78,000 villagers from their homes.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) warned on Saturday of the risk of lahar – a volcanic mudflow – from the slopes of Mayon.
The military, together with coast guard, fire, medical and disaster management bodies, participated in the drill.
Mayon, in northeastern Albay province, has erupted about 50 times in the last 500 years.
In 2013, an ash eruption killed five climbers who had ventured near the summit despite warnings.
The Philippines has about 22 active volcanoes.
The explosion of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 was one of the biggest volcanic eruptions of the 20th century, killing hundreds.
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