Shocking images in the Philippines after the eruption of the Taal volcano: The landscape is ruined, with destroyed houses and uprooted trees covered in a thick layer of ash. The carcasses of horses and cows, which could not escape the volcanic flare, are half-buried in black mud or floating in the lake.
Ignoring the authorities’ warnings to leave, some residents living at the foothills of the volcano returned to treat and rescue their animals. The images from the attempt to transport the animals outside the danger zone are very harsh.
The volcano, located about 60km south of the capital Manila, erupted on Sunday, with ashes erupting up to 14km into the air. About half a million people live within a 14-kilometer radius of the danger zone, and the institute has called for the area to be completely evacuated and issued warnings for those within a 17-kilometer radius.