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A year after Philippines’ Taal volcano eruption, island remains ghost town

SCMP, 12 Jan 2021
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A year since the Taal volcano eruption in the Philippines, the island it is situated on remains a ghost town. The government has banned former residents from returning to the area because of the risks. Some 50 families are still living in makeshift tents. They are desperate to go back to the island and resume their normal lives.

Taal spewed ash and lava on January 12, 2020, triggering a series of earthquakes and aftershocks in the days that followed. The eruption forced more than 100,000 people from their homes by the end of January last year.

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