LGUs Warn People Not to Wash Ashfall Down the Drain

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After the Taal Volcano erupted over the weekend and spewed ash up to nine miles into the air, ashfall was experienced in many parts of Calabarzon and Metro Manila, going as far as Quezon City.

Now, the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices (DRRMO) of cities in southern Metro Manila are reminding people to be mindful of how they dispose the ashfall that has collected in streets and many homes.

Instead of washing the ash away to drainage systems using water, the Makati City DRRMO has advised that people should sweep it in bags and wait for the Department of Environmental Services (DES) to collect them.

Meanwhile, the Muntinlupa City DRRMO added that if they wash it away, “will go to our drainages leading to our tributaries connected to Laguna de Bay, where Maynilad gets our drinking water (treated/filtrated). Better to sprinkle water so as not to disturb the ashes, sweep, and put it inside the garbage bag.”

Taal Volcano update:

Taal Volcano is still under alert level 4, which means that a “hazardous eruption” could happen in the coming hours or days. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) strongly recommends the “total evacuation of Taal Volcano Island and areas at high risk to pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami within a 14-kilometer radius from Taal Main Crater.”

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