Located just 50 kilometres south of Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, the Taal volcano is the second most active volcano in the country.

On Sunday, January 12, 2020, Taal suddenly began to erupt. Seismologists in the Philippines said, “The speed of the escalation of Taal’s volcanic activity caught us by surprise.”

Throughout the night, ash rained down on in the surrounding provinces, resulting in slippery roads and dirty windshields which caused multiple accidents. In the days that followed, people living within a 14 km radius of the volcano’s crater were evacuated from their homes.

The eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas, Philippines on January 12, 2020
ADRA staff deliver bedding kits to people staying in shelters.