LRT-2's aircon turned off, windows closed due to ash fall

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 13 2020 08:16 AM | Updated as of Jan 13 2020 10:59 AM

MANILA (UPDATE) - The Light Rail Transit Line 2's (LRT-2) air conditioning system was turned off Monday to prevent ash or sulfur from Taal Volcano from damaging trains, the railway's management said.

Some of the trains' windows were later opened to "provide some comfort to the passengers," according to the LRT Authority (LRTA).

"Please wear a mask to protect yourself from the ash fall. Keep safe," it said.

Taal Volcano on Sunday belched a 50,000-feet-tall ash cloud which blanketed parts of Manila and nearby areas and forced the suspension of all flights in the country's main airport, as well as school and work in government offices. 

This has prompted the evacuation of some 2,000 residents in Batangas, a 2-hour drive from the capital.

Several stations of the LRT-2, which runs from Pasig to Manila, have been operating on a limited capacity since October 2019 after a fire razed its power transformer.

The LRTA said there are four trains operating and 1 reserve. --With a report from Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News