Taal volcano news – live: Hundreds of thousands urged to flee possible eruption as ‘intense seismic activity’ rocks Philippines – The Independent

Save The Children says that an estimated 21,000 children living in the 14km danger zone identified by the Philippines government have been evacuated from their homes since Taal first started erupting on Sunday.

The charity said it was “deeply concerned” for children who have been forced to leave their homes, are missing out on school and face hunger and disease in “cramped and unsanitary” evacuation centres.

While it has no dedicated fund for the Taal evacuees, Save The Children called on people to donate to its Emergency Fund, which helps it to respond to this and other crises.

Jerome Balinton, of the Save the Children Philippines, said the children “have no idea when or even if they will be able to return to their homes”.
He told The Independent in a statement: “Our humanitarian team have just visited an arena now doubling up as an evacuation centre and it was heart-breaking.

“More than 900 people are sleeping on the cold, hard surface without mats. Due to sudden evacuation, people were not able to bring blankets, hygiene essentials, mosquito nets, and supplies for babies such as diapers.”

Source: independent.co.uk

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