World Risking lives to rescue horses in Philippine volcano 'no man's land'

05:50  15 january  2020
05:50  15 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Philippines Raises Alert Level After Taal Volcano Spews Ash

  Philippines Raises Alert Level After Taal Volcano Spews Ash The Philippines boosted the alert level on the Taal Volcano and recommended the evacuation of at-risk areas after an eruption that spewed white plumes of smoke a kilometer high. © Bullit MARQUEZ / AFP TOPSHOT - People take photos of a phreatic explosion from the Taal volcano as seen from the town of Tagaytay in Cavite province, southwest of Manila, on January 12, 2020. (Photo by Bullit MARQUEZ / AFP) (Photo by BULLIT MARQUEZ/AFP via Getty Images) Ninoy Aquino International Airport, in the capital Manila, said it’s “temporarily suspended” flight operations.

' No man ' s land '. Plumes of smoke that burst out of Taal dumped volcanic ash - fine particles Mark Timbal, spokesman for the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council in the Philippines , said an aerial inspection confirmed that vegetation and animal life on the volcano island was dead

TAGAYTAY, Philippines — Philippine officials appealed on Monday for desperate residents who were evacuated from towns endangered by the erupting Taal Volcano not to return to their homes because of the risk . Thousands of villagers were evacuated within hours on Monday after the volcano ’ s

The horses were still caked in grey ash as they stepped off the boat, lucky beneficiaries of a risky rescue mission to ground zero of the Philippines' Taal volcano eruption.

Their owners are among many small operators who rely on the modest money generated by the beasts ferrying tourists up the volcano, a popular attraction ringed by a sweeping lake.

Lava gushes from Philippine volcano as ash spreads to Manila

  Lava gushes from Philippine volcano as ash spreads to Manila Red-hot lava gushed out of a Philippine volcano Monday after a sudden eruption of ash and steam that forced villagers to flee and shut down Manila’s international airport, offices and schools. There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage from Taal volcano’s eruption south of the capital that began Sunday. But clouds of ash blew more than 100 kilometers (62 miles) north, reaching the bustling capital, Manila, and forcing the shutdown of the country's main airport with more than 240 international and domestic flights cancelled so far.

TAAL VOLCANO , Philippines — The gray ash is knee-deep. It covers the homes, the bloated cadavers of cows and horses , their limbs protruding at unnatural angles in the shadow of a sulking volcano that could It was difficult to see precisely where the water ended and the land began.

A volcano in the Philippines has emitted a giant plume of ash, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of some 8,000 people living nearby. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology also warned residents living nearby of a possible " volcanic tsunami", while flights were

But when Taal exploded to life on Sunday the community, who own hundreds of steeds on volcano island, had to flee without their prized livestock and most of their possessions.

"Our lives are in our horses, they're how we make our living," owner Alfredo Daet, 62, told AFP on Tuesday after bringing three of his four animals to the mainland.

"We love our horses... that's why we wanted to save them," he added.

The creatures can generate $7 each per trip up to the stunning panoramic views above the volcano's main crater, a significant sum in a nation where millions survive on less than $2 a day.

Scores of other farm animals on the island, like cows and goats, were killed in the eruption.

In returning to the island, now blanketed in a deep layer of fine volcanic ash, the men defied a mandatory evacuation order and risked their lives.

Dark ash from volcano turns part of Philippines gray

  Dark ash from volcano turns part of Philippines gray Photos show crops, animals and people's homes covered in ash, which blanketed the Philippines earlier this week.The ash-fall that drifted from the volcano has damaged over $10.9 million worth of crops, the Department of Agriculture said, according to Reuters. Photos from the area show animals, plants, people and homes covered in the thick ash.

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Veterinarians have been reminding the public to bring animals in areas affected by ashfall indoors as these can bring health risks such as eye damage and Taal Volcano remains under alert level 4

Philippines : Taal Volcano spews ash — in pictures. Making an escape. A family living near the The Taal Volcano in the Philippines began spewing lava on Monday as authorities warned of "further On Monday, a man died in Calamba City, just south of Manila, after a truck he was driving overturned in

- 'no man's land' -

Authorities have warned a stronger, potentially catastrophic eruption could come at any time, yet that has not stopped multiple groups of desperate locals from making the trip.

"If we let the horses die (on the island), we will be the ones that lose in the end," another owner, Pejay Magpantay, told AFP Tuesday after 11 of his family's 14 beasts were saved.

Despite being home to one of the most active volcanoes in a nation plagued by earthquakes and eruptions, people are allowed to visit and live there.

Taal is classified a "permanent danger zone", according to government volcanologists.

It is a 23-square-kilometre (14-square-mile) volcano island that lies inside a bigger lake formed from previous volcanic activity.

Together they are among the most spectacular sights, and popular tourist destinations, in the Philippines.

Yet Taal has a deadly past. It has erupted dozens of times since 1572, the most destructive of which was in 1911 when it killed some 1,300 people and sent ash falling on to Manila. Its last major eruption came in 1977.

Recently, Taal has been putting on a stunning and terrifying display, including an ash cloud illuminated with lightning bolts.

It shot dark-grey columns 800 metres (half a mile) in the sky.

Since the latest bout of activity there have been calls to keep people, once and for all, from living on the island.

"I strongly recommend that we implement the suggestion that... Taal (volcano) will be declared 'no man's land'," defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters Tuesday.

Philippines volcano spews lava half-mile high, threatens to erupt again as flights grounded .
A volcanic eruption in the Philippines continues to spew lava half a mile into the sky, creating lightning bolts, and threatening to erupt again even as tens of thousands of people continue to flee the region and hundreds of flights have been canceled or delayed. © Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images TALISAY, PHILIPPINES - JANUARY 14: A fishing boat sails along a lake as Taal Volcano erupts on January 14, 2020 in Talisay, Batangas province, Philippines.

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