MANILA - The European Union (EU) said Tuesday it donated P42 million worth of humanitarian assistance to Filipinos affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.
In a Facebook post, the EU chapter in the Philippines said it will provide shelter, non-food items, water, sanitation, hygiene, psycho-social support and child protection to residents who were displaced by the volcanic eruption last Jan. 12.
EU said it coursed its donation through Red Cross Philippines.
Taal burst to life with plumes of ash and lava, forcing over 135,000 people into shelters amid fears of another massive eruption.
Phivolcs said access to the volcano island, which was once home to a community of thousands, and the lake around it "must be strictly prohibited."
Taal, located just 60 kilometers from Manila, is one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines.
The volcano, whose last eruption before last month's blast was 1977, has a long history of eruptions. In its 1965 outburst, some 200 people died.
At least 1,500 nearby residents also died in its 1911 eruption.