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Philippines Mt. Bulusan explodes  

2,000 residents evacuated


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21 Feb 1 - Two thousand residents around Mt. Bulusan were evacuated after the latest ash explosion this morning, a military official said.
Lt. Col. Santiago Enginco, commanding officer of the 49th Infantry Battalion based in Juban town, said that the volcano spewed ash and thick smoke more or less 2-kilometers above the sky, which lasted about twenty minutes.
“I received reports from my soldiers in Bulan town that thick smoke and ashfall have blanketed the area at around 10:30 a.m.,” said Enginco in a statement.
Joena Gupit of DWBS FM in Bulan town said that at least 38 young students suffered breathing problems due to the thick ashfall and smoke.

“We need facemasks especially for the children here in our town. Mayor Helen Rose De Castro has ordered the distribution of facemasks this morning,” said Gupit who called by phone.
“We don’t have electricity here in the area today. There is no phone signal for Globe. I don’t know exactly why these services were hampered since this morning and I’m worried that we can’t drink our contaminated water supply too,” added Gupit.
Mayor Jimmy Fragata of Juban town said that the volcano has calmed down and the evacuees are on standby for possible transport back to their village.

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