Indonesian territory has not been affected by the distribution of volcanic ash from the Taal volcano in Batangas, Philippines, which has erupted since Sunday, January 12, 2020.
According to the opinion of the Head of the Disaster Information and Communication Data Center, the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Agus Wibowo, based on observations through InaWARE, the volcanic ash columns of the Taal volcano eruption, which were monitored from the territory of Indonesia, headed northeast of the crater, which is located in the middle of Lake Taal, in the direction of the Pacific Ocean.
According to reports from the Philippine official authorities, the ash column reached a height of approximately 1 kilometer from the main crater. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the ash eruption fell in areas near the volcano, including Tagaytay, Batangas and Cavite.
The volcanic dust also covered Silang and Amadeo in Cavite and Calamba, Santa Rosa and San Pedro in the province of Laguna. Several schools in the Calabarzon, Central Luson and Metro Manila regions are closed for safety and health reasons.
According to the Philippine Natural Disaster Risk Management and Reduction Agency, about 6000 residents have been evacuated to Batangas, and most come from San Nicolás, Balete and Talisay. So far there have been no reports of deaths.
The eruption of the Taal volcano also caused the temporary closure of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the cancellation of all flights for security reasons.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian Embassy in Manila, through its official Facebook account, appealed to all Indonesian citizens (WNI) residing in the Philippines, especially in areas affected by the eruption, to comply with the warnings of disaster delivered by local government.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently preparing an operation to evacuate 170 Indonesian students in Cavite, an area severely affected by the eruption.
Until this news was revealed, there were no reports of Indonesian citizens killed or injured by volcano activity in the Philippines.