Hundreds flee rumbling volcano in the Philippines


SORSOGON: Hundreds of people fled their homes on the slopes of a rumbling Philippine volcano as authorities warned of rain-driven mudflows from an approaching typhoon that could bury them alive.

Around 500 residents of farming villages around Bulusan volcano, many of them children and elderly women, boarded army trucks clutching sleeping mats and bags of clothes as Typhoon Noul bore down on the area.

The typhoon was gusting at up to 185kph and experts warned debris from two recent ash explosions could rumble down the slopes of the 1,559m volcano.

State vulcanologists subsequently raised Alert level 1 – the lowest in a five-step warning system – on Bulusan. — AFP

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