Thousands Return Home in Philippines as Volcano Alert Lowered

World | Associated Press | January 28, 2020, 3:48 pm
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 Residents grab relief goods given by a citizen at a town near Taal Volcano, Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. Many poor families living near Taal volcano have been affected due to loss of income after business closures in the area, Philippine officials said Sunday the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting Taal volcano lies, warning that living there would be
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Residents grab relief goods given by a citizen at a town near Taal Volcano, Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. Many poor families living near Taal volcano have been affected due to loss of income after business closures in the area, Philippine officials said Sunday the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting Taal volcano lies, warning that living there would be "like having a gun pointed at you." (Image: AP)

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 Pigs with faces covered in volcanic ash look out from their pen as they are left by their owners at a village beside Taal volcano where residents have evacuated to safer ground in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)
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Pigs with faces covered in volcanic ash look out from their pen as they are left by their owners at a village beside Taal volcano where residents have evacuated to safer ground in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)

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 Residents scramble to grab relief goods given by a citizen at a town near Taal Volcano, Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)
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Residents scramble to grab relief goods given by a citizen at a town near Taal Volcano, Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)

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 Residents wait outside their home near Taal volcano as they evacuate to safer grounds in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)
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Residents wait outside their home near Taal volcano as they evacuate to safer grounds in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)

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 Men catch fish at the lake beside Taal volcano where residents in the area have evacuated to safer ground in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)
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Men catch fish at the lake beside Taal volcano where residents in the area have evacuated to safer ground in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)

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 Residents pull a cow which they have retrieved from their village near Taal volcano in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)
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Residents pull a cow which they have retrieved from their village near Taal volcano in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)

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 Boys pass by a car that is covered in volcanic-ash at a town near Taal Volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. Philippine officials said Sunday the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting Taal volcano lies, warning that living there would be
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Boys pass by a car that is covered in volcanic-ash at a town near Taal Volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. Philippine officials said Sunday the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting Taal volcano lies, warning that living there would be "like having a gun pointed at you." (Image: AP)

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 A resident feeds pigs at a village near Taal volcano before he leaves to the evacuation centre in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)
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A resident feeds pigs at a village near Taal volcano before he leaves to the evacuation centre in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)

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 Residents scramble get relief goods given bypassing citizens at a town near Taal Volcano, Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. Many poor families living near Taal volcano have been affected due to loss of income after business closures in the area, Philippine officials said Sunday the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting Taal volcano lies, warning that living there would be
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Residents scramble get relief goods given bypassing citizens at a town near Taal Volcano, Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. Many poor families living near Taal volcano have been affected due to loss of income after business closures in the area, Philippine officials said Sunday the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting Taal volcano lies, warning that living there would be "like having a gun pointed at you." (Image: AP)

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 A fisherman reacts after seeing his catch at a lake beside Taal volcano where residents have evacuated to safer grounds in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)
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A fisherman reacts after seeing his catch at a lake beside Taal volcano where residents have evacuated to safer grounds in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)

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 Evacuees pray during a Mass at an evacuation centre near Taal Volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. Taal volcano continued to emit plumes of smoke following nearly seven days of activity that have displaced massive numbers of villagers. (Image: AP)
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Evacuees pray during a Mass at an evacuation centre near Taal Volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. Taal volcano continued to emit plumes of smoke following nearly seven days of activity that have displaced massive numbers of villagers. (Image: AP)

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 Residents carry relief goods as they walk on what used to have water along Pansipit river at a village near Taal volcano in Taal, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)
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Residents carry relief goods as they walk on what used to have water along Pansipit river at a village near Taal volcano in Taal, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)

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 Ruel Punsalan, a resident of a town where most of the people were forced to evacuate after Taal volcano's recent eruption, dances while holding an image of the baby Jesus as they hold a procession during its feast day in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)
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Ruel Punsalan, a resident of a town where most of the people were forced to evacuate after Taal volcano's recent eruption, dances while holding an image of the baby Jesus as they hold a procession during its feast day in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)

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 A chick lies alone on a road covered with volcanic ash at a lakeshore village near Taal volcano where residents have evacuated to safer grounds in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)
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A chick lies alone on a road covered with volcanic ash at a lakeshore village near Taal volcano where residents have evacuated to safer grounds in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)

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 Children line for relief goods at an evacuation centre in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. Taal volcano continued to emit plumes of smoke following nearly seven days of activity that have displaced massive numbers of villagers. (Image: AP)
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Children line for relief goods at an evacuation centre in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. Taal volcano continued to emit plumes of smoke following nearly seven days of activity that have displaced massive numbers of villagers. (Image: AP)

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 A fish jumps as a fisherman tries to show what he caught at the lake beside Taal volcano where residents have evacuated to safer grounds in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. Local authorities have allowed some residents to return to their homes for a few hours in the morning to retrieve belongings and feed their pets or farm animals. (Image: AP)
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A fish jumps as a fisherman tries to show what he caught at the lake beside Taal volcano where residents have evacuated to safer grounds in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. Local authorities have allowed some residents to return to their homes for a few hours in the morning to retrieve belongings and feed their pets or farm animals. (Image: AP)

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 A fisherman stands beside a damaged house at a village near Taal volcano where residents have evacuated to safer grounds in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)
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A fisherman stands beside a damaged house at a village near Taal volcano where residents have evacuated to safer grounds in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)

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 A dog lies on a volcanic-ash covered park in a town near Taal Volcano, Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)
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A dog lies on a volcanic-ash covered park in a town near Taal Volcano, Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)

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 Birds rest on top of roofs covered in volcanic-ash at a park near Taal Volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)
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Birds rest on top of roofs covered in volcanic-ash at a park near Taal Volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)

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 A cat rests on a piece of furniture that is covered in volcanic-ash at a town near Taal Volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. Philippine officials said Sunday the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting Taal volcano lies, warning that living there would be
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A cat rests on a piece of furniture that is covered in volcanic-ash at a town near Taal Volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. Philippine officials said Sunday the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting Taal volcano lies, warning that living there would be "like having a gun pointed at you." (Image: AP)

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 Evacuees gather to receive relief goods at an evacuation centre in Alfonso, Cavite province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)
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Evacuees gather to receive relief goods at an evacuation centre in Alfonso, Cavite province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)

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 Residents load their belongings on a jeep at a village near Taal volcano where people have evacuated to safer grounds in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)
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Residents load their belongings on a jeep at a village near Taal volcano where people have evacuated to safer grounds in Agoncillo, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)

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 A portion of Pansipit river is shown without water after Taal volcano's recent eruption at a village near Taal volcano in Taal, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)
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A portion of Pansipit river is shown without water after Taal volcano's recent eruption at a village near Taal volcano in Taal, Batangas province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)

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 Residents scramble to grab bottled water given by a passing citizen at a town near Taal Volcano, Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)
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Residents scramble to grab bottled water given by a passing citizen at a town near Taal Volcano, Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)

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 A woman walks along a park covered in volcanic-ash at a town near Taal Volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)
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A woman walks along a park covered in volcanic-ash at a town near Taal Volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines. (Image: AP)

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