Philippines evacuates 1,500 people after rains trigger volcano mudflows

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October 18, 2007 04:25

 
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Mudflows triggered by heavy rains on the slopes of the restive Bulusan volcano prompted an evacuation of 1,500 residents, but some families kept returning in disregard for their safety, Philippine authorities said Thursday. At least three villages in Irosin township, on the foot of the 1,560-meter Mt. Bulusan in the central Philippines, were flooded by mud and volcanic debris loosen by days of rains, said Mayor Lilia Gonzales. "It's the second time this week that they were evacuated," she told Radio DZRH. "We evacuated them a day ago but they returned to their homes."

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