STO. Domingo, Albay -- The local government here has declared a state of calamity after water sources in 12 villages have gradually dried up since August this year.
Experts from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in Albay said the drying up of water was a result of the abnormal activity of Mt. Mayon in the last two weeks.
A local resident “Hilario” told reporters that they dug a 28-foot deep well in Bgy. Fidel Surtida, located some 10 kilometers away from Mt. Mayon, but found no water.
Long-time town residents Dario and Arnel Borceles said the drying-up of wells and potable water sources were signs that another volcanic eruption would occur, aside from wild life from the slopes of the volcano starting to descend to low areas.
FO2 Elmer Balanda of the Sto Domingo, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), said they have started to ration water hauled by fire trucks to the town residents for washing purposes only, while potable water was being rationed by the Albay Sanitation Healh office.
Phivolcs resident volcanologist Ed Laguerta said the drying of water sources monitored by volcano experts in observation wells near Mt. Mayon were among the parameters that Mayon would have another eruption.
This month, Phivolcs declared Mt. Mayon and Mt. Bulusan under alert-level 1 status.