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Trauma hounds Batangas, Cavite residents

Hananeel Bordey

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The inter-agency emergency meeting held at Tagaytay International Convention Center on Monday morning was led by Sen. Francis Tolentino and representatives from the military, police, local government units of Batangas and Tagaytay and other relevant agencies. (Hana Bordey)

Residents living near the Taal Lake are wary of the after-effects of the series of earthquakes that has jolted various parts of Batangas.

This was the main concern of two Batangas mayors during an emergency inter-agency meeting on the Taal Volcano eruption held at Tagaytay International Convention Center on Monday morning.

Lemery Mayor Larry Alilio said residents are traumatized as they have felt at least 2,000 shakes since Sunday afternoon up to 4 a.m. Monday.

“Ang problema po ng mga tao sa amin sa Batangas, kaya nagkakatrauma na po ang mga tao kasi ibang klase na ang lindol na nadarama namin. Maya’t-maya, per segundo, aalugin ka at talagang malalakas na,” Alilio told the inter-agency panel.

“Ang mga tao nagkaka-trauma na. Nagtatakbuhan ang mga bata, nagsisigawan ang mga matatanda kasi di namin naramdaman yun dati.”

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Supervising Science research specialist Winchelle Ian Sevilla said earthquakes and volcanic tsunamis, especially in areas near the main crater, are common after volcanic eruptions.

Tagaytay residents and tourists avail of free charging portals courtesy of CNN Philippines as electricity in the Cavite city has been cut off since Sunday. (Hana Bordey)

Laurel Mayor Joan Amo also said her constituents fear a possible volcanic tsunami as locals observed that the lake has receded by around two meters from the shore.

“Based po sa paghahakot ng aming evacuees kagabi, napagalaman po namin na umurong ‘yung lawa. Parang umurong po siya, ang sabi ng kababayan namin, kaya sila natakot parang… iniisip nila na baka po tsunami or something e nagaalala rin po ako hindi rin po namin sila masagot,” Amo informed the panel.

Sevilla asked Amo to coordinate with Phivolcs regarding any movements to ensure appropriate documentation of  residents’ observations.  Evacuation should also be immediate.

Department of Health-Calabarzon offficials said they are coordinating with Batangas Medical Center to deal with evacuees who are experiencing trauma.

Senator Francis Tolentino, who called for the inter-agency meeting, urged Cavite and Batangas residents to follow the instructions of their local government officials until the situation is clear.

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