Thursday, August 17, 2006
Government helps refugees from Mayon's volcano
Mt. Mayon, an active volcano, has experienced continuous small-scale eruptions since early July, and about 43,000 people (about 9,200 households) living in the vicinity of the mountain have taken refuge. Continuing such volcanic activity will cause a great concern of increasing the number of evacuees as well as spreading infectious diseases and deteriorating sanitation.
Upon receiving the request made by the Government of the Philippines, the Government of Japan has made above decision of emergency assistance, in light of humanitarian viewpoint as well as friendly relations with the Republic of the Philippines.