On 12 January 2020, the world famous tourist attraction located in the Batangas Province in the Philippines erupted for the first time in decades.
Considered one of the world's 16 most dangerous volcanos and likened to the infamous Mt. Etna (which erupts regularly) and Mt. Vesuvius (which destroyed Pompeii), the Taal Volcano is constantly monitored by scientists round the clock.
At its deadliest in 1911, the Taal Volcano levelled Volcano Island after increased earthquakes heralded an eruption. According to Wikipedia, when the volcano erupted, "it created a blast downward that forced hot steam and gases down the slopes of the crater, accompanied by a shower of hot mud and sand.
Many trees had the bark shredded and cut away from the surface by the hot sand and mud blast that accompanied the explosion, and contributed so much to the loss of life and destruction of property.
The fact that practically all the vegetation was bent downward, away from the crater, proved that there must have been a very strong blast down the outside slopes of the cone.
Very little vegetation was actually burned or even scorched."
That eruption completely destroyed 6 villages, injuring 199 people and killing 1,335. It's widely believed that these numbers are underestimated.
This year, over 53,000 people have been forced to flee for their lives and to leave behind not just precious property but also precious animals that they could not take with them.
No end is currently in sight as earthquakes around the area increased in frequency and sometimes intensity. Alert Level is still high and the whole province has been placed under a state of calamity.
We need your help!
This fundraising will allow us to provide for the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption by providing them with the following:
- face mask (N95)
- clean bottled water
- food (canned or instant goods)
- sleeping mats
- sanitary napkins
*Monetary donations will be routed to the VRRG Manpower and Training Center Inc, a locally based skilled training provider, who will handle the purchase and disbursement of the necessary items above.
Jade MacRury, founder of Live A Blissful Life and the writer behind Jade MacRury, was born and raised in Batangas. In 2015, she married Kevin in Tagaytay at the Madre de Dios Chapel. One of their best wedding photos included Volcano Island, sitting peacefully in all its picturesque glory.
Whilst she is now living in Scotland, her close family and friends are still in Batangas.
Please help her help as many people as possible get through this.
Photo credit: Aljazeera