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UAE volunteers ready shipments bound for Philippines volcano victims

On Sunday, authorities said that a major explosion at Taal volcano no longer appears imminent, although residents are being cautioned that they should remain ready to flee

UAE volunteers ready shipments bound for Philippines volcano victims

A resident uses a shovel to clear mud and ash spewed by Taal volcano. Image: AFP

UAE and Filipino volunteers have begun preparing aid boxes to help families affected by the Taal volcano in the Philippines.

On Twitter, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, wrote that, “today, we saw humanity and tolerance unfold through the Emirates Red Crescent's campaign that brought our citizens together with Filipino residents to provide aid to families affected by the Taal volcano in the Philippines”.

"Humanity defines our society,” he added.

On Sunday, authorities said that a major explosion at Taal volcano no longer appears imminent, although residents are being cautioned that they should remain ready to flee.

Since the volcano erupted two weeks ago, approximately 135,000 people have been forced to take shelter in evacuation centres.

Following the January 12 explosion – which sent ash as high as 15km into the sky – seismologists warned that a much bigger explosion was possible, posing danger to anyone with a 14-km danger zone.

Last week, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said that the UAE would offer assistance to the volcano’s victims.

"Our hearts go out to the people of Philippines after the eruption of the Taal volcano," he wrote on Twitter. "We pray that these tough times are over with the least losses. The UAE stands in solidarity with the Philippines in these difficult times and is ready to provide all support and assistance."

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