Ashfall

maeann
Posted January 18, 2020 from Philippines
Buso Buso Elementary School
IN PHOTOS: A #WorldVision elementary school partner in Laurel, Batangas was not spared from Taal Volcano’s unrest. To date, @DepEd_PH said more than 7 Million learners from 4 regions were affected due to class suspensions. Photos by Gary Rodriguez (link: https://twitter.com/WorldVisionPH/status/1218046979906818048)
Buso Buso Elementary School
Buso Buso Elementary School: Remembering our last visit with our project partner in Laurel Batangas. (1/3)

The more powerful story to share is the story of different people who are willing to help in times of need.  Bringing hope and kindness without expecting back in return.  

Allow me to share a story of kindness that brings hope to those who are affected by a disaster.

On January 12, 2020, Taal Volcano, erupted.  Taal is erupting for the first time since 1977 and has sent a steam-and-ash plume to 16.8km (55,000ft), accompanied by a lot of lightning. PHIVOLCS has raised the Alert Level to 4 on a scale of 0-5. It is currently unknown whether the eruption is phreatic or phreatomagmatic. Numerous flights have been canceled and significant widespread ashfall (described as a "brownout") is causing much disruption, with power outages reported. Residents evacuate and went to different evacuation areas (read more: Read more: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1212022/in-photos-taal-volcano-eruption#ixzz6BOTSzaGQ

"Fine ashfall can cause irritation and breathing problems especially among the elderly and children and it is particularly dangerous to our health. In addition, areas of ashfall have also experienced sulfurous smell which can also cause irritation," the agency said. (read more: https://www.rappler.com/nation/249103-taal-volcano-phreatic-explosion-january-12-2020

Mandatory evacuations have been enforced in communities living within the 14-kilometre radius of Taal Volcano’s crater. 11-year old Princess from Laurel, Batangas shared, “I pray that this will be over so we can go home soon.” Her family is taking refuge in a school turned evacuation center, sharing a classroom with seven other families. Princess says it’s cold in the evening, she could barely sleep. She also gets terrified with the constant jolts caused by the restless Taal” (read more https://www.worldvision.org.ph/stories/taal-volcano-eruption-relief-launched/?fbclid=IwAR2Q6n-S38ZoycpDFast0PTG1Iwp4NPaJx1SuO0cfc-l2ZaMugQs4_NFVnM)  

The eruption of Taal Volcano has raised awareness and acts of kindness from different individuals, schools, families, and churches.  

 A group of  High School friends, Section Bonifacio decided to help send N95 and ordinary masks to Taal victims.  Karen Quiñones Axalan posted this in her facebook.  Our High School Batch also extends help by convening batch mates and classmates to send their cash donation to buy mask, canned goods and mineral water.  The churches from different places call each to donate Bottled Water, Groceries, towelette, usable Clothes.

The Pampanga Provincial Government sent their medical team, social workers, search & rescue personnel and equipment to help in the evacuation of residents.  

“We, Kapampangans, are paying back. Noon pong pumutok ang bulkang Pinatubo, marami po ang tumulong sa amin para iligtas kami at makabangon. Ito hong pagtulong ay pasasalamat namin (We, Kapampangans, are paying back. When Mt. Pinatubo erupted in the past, a lot of people came to help us. And we are returning the favoring by sending aid),” Pineda said. (read more: https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1839956).

An eatery in Bauan, Batangas offers free food for evacuees following the eruption of Taal Volcano.

A woman in Lemery, Batangas cancels her upcoming 75th birthday party to buy relief goods for Taal Volcano eruption evacuees. Belen Muling tapang decided to call off her grand celebration on January 24 even if everything had already been booked.  Nanay Belen even joined them on their distribution of relief goods in evacuation centers and talked to evacuees (read more: https://twitter.com/cnnphilippines/status/1218436744107839489)

Female inmates from Gumaca District Jail in Quezon sewed face masks by hand to donate to the families affected by the Tall volcano eruption. (read more: https://twitter.com/PhilippineStar/status/1218480075567353857)

PETA Asia helped the animals were left behind in Taal Island. (watch the video: https://twitter.com/PETAAsia/status/1217689326273757186)

Environment officials did not just clean up the mess but decided to combine the ash with sand, cement and discarded plastic to form about 5,000 bricks per day for local building projects. (read more: https://twitter.com/AFP/status/1218440369353789440)

This story was submitted in response to Moments of Hope.

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Lisbeth
Jan 18
Jan 18

Dear Mae Ann,
It's a while, I mean if you are doing very well. So sad on your volcano enruption. Wow it was in the news in all over as regards the Ashfall. Are things getting better now? I sincerely hope it does.
Good to hear a lot are helping each other. That is all that is need in mankind's life, to show intense sincere honest live for one another.
I hope you have a great weekend and you all take care and stay safe.
Hugs

maeann
Jan 18
Jan 18

Thanks Lisbeth for a word of encouragement. I am doing well. The Taal Volcano stops spewing Ashfall for now. But there are still people in different places of evacuation area. It's a blessing people help each other.

Lisbeth
Jan 18
Jan 18

I also think so, what a blessing :-).
You take care

Anita Shrestha
Jan 18
Jan 18

Thank you for sharing

maeann
Jan 18
Jan 18

Thanks Anita

Hello, Mae Ann,

Thank you for writing an update about the Taal eruption and how we as Filipinos awakened our Bayanihan spirit to help the victims. It is also a moment of hope for me. Naunahan mo ako magpost. I love the photos you shared there.

Thank you for this wonderful informative write-up. The volcano is still active at level 4, and our country still needs help at this hour. I hope those who can read your post will be moved to donate to the victims, too.

Have a great day!

maeann
Jan 20
Jan 20

Hi Karen, thanks for your message... I'm sure your write-up is better and a touching story :)

Hello, sis. You're welcome. There is no "better", no comparison needed. Thank you for mentioning our section. My classmates appreciate your write-up, too.

Jill Langhus
Jan 21
Jan 21

Hi Mae Ann,

Thanks for for your post and update, dear. It's hard to imagine something like this, unless you're living it, of course:-( It's wonderful to see everyone rallying together, however. I hope the climate balances out soon so less natural disasters happen and everyone and everything can be safe. I love what you wrote about the environmental officials. What a great idea. Good luck with your fundraiser, dear. Please keep us posted.

XX

maeann
Jan 22
Jan 22

Hi Jill, thank you.

I hope that we do something about our environment because all over the world there's something happening.

Jill Langhus
Jan 22
Jan 22

You're welcome!

Me, too! I totally agree. More responsibility and more action!

Akshaya9
Jan 22
Jan 22

Hi Maeann,
Thank you for sharing this to us :-) . I also see my friend posted in Facebook that she donate clothes, towel, etc . Have people in her place ( Joho Bahru, Malaysia ) who's organising the donation, we wanted to give ours but shipping is expensive. I hope in Kuala Lumpur have someone can organize the donation.
Praying for the victims of Taal volcano.

Have a nice day sis

maeann
Jan 22
Jan 22

Hi Jack, it's nice fellow Filipinos helping each other even abroad. Some of them send donation (money). I am sure if you are here you will also send your support.

Akshaya9
Jan 25
Jan 25

Hi Maeann,
By God's grace, I'm willing to help if I'm in Philippines :-)

Have a nice day

ARREY- ECHI
Jan 22
Jan 22

Dear Ma Ann,
Thank you for taking the time to write detailly about the Taal eruption. Your story shows the power of communal spirit and love in the face of challenges. It warms the heart that humanity is still able to come together to lift others up.
I pray more donations can come in for the victims as the world reads of the Filipo Volcano.
Hugs and courage to you all.

maeann
Jan 22
Jan 22

Hi Arrey... I agree on what you said- "love on the face of challenges"

We all need this the power of LOVE !!!! Whatever belief, race, culture and tradition.