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Manila-UAE flights cancelled after volcano erupts

ABU DHABI, January 13, 2020

Flights between the UAE and Philippines have been cancelled after a volcano erupted close to the capital city Manila on January 12, media reports said.

Lava began flowing out of Taal volcano in the early hours of Monday, as authorities warned a hazardous eruption was expected within hours or days, the reports said,

The volcano, which is located on a small island in the middle of a lake, is the Philippines’ second most active but one of the world’s smallest.

Both Emirates and Etihad cancelled flights on January 13 to the country after the volcano spewed a 1km-high ash column in the sky, forcing thousands to flee their homes and temporarily shut down Manila’s international airport, it said.

An alternative airport north of Manila at Clark freeport remained open but authorities said they would shut it down too if ashfall threatens flights, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said.

The government’s disaster-response agency and other officials reported more than 30,000 villagers have fled their homes in the hard-hit province of Batangas and nearby Cavite province, but officials expect the number to swell with hundreds of thousands more moving out of harm’s way.




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