Mount Mayon Volcano in the Philippines
Americares relief workers pack protective masks to send to families staying in evacuation centers in Albay province.
More than 75,000 people have fled their homes since Mount Mayon began erupting on Jan. 13, sporadically gushing lava and shooting ash into the air near Legazpi City in the Philippines. Last week, authorities raised the threat level to the second-highest, prompting a wave of evacuations.
Americares Philippines team is assisting families displaced by the volcanic activity. The team plans to distribute protective masks, cleaning kits and essential health and hygiene products to families staying in evacuation centers in Albay province.
The volcano emergency represents the fifth disaster response by the team in the country so far this year. The Philippines is ranked among the world’s most disaster-prone countries due to its location on the typhoon belt and the Pacific earthquake rim – known as the “Ring of Fire” with an average of 20 typhoons per year and 21 active volcanoes.
Should Americares raise funds in excess of what's needed to respond to this particular crisis, the funds will be redirected to where the need is greatest.