Agriculture is the major source of livelihood in Albay Province. The volcanic rocks and ashes that Mt. Mayon spewed have destroyed at least P100 million worth of crops.
The Department of Agriculture in Albay said P100.7 million worth of un-milled rice, fruit trees, vegetables, bananas and hemp were destroyed by the searing-hot volcanic ashes and rocks expelled by Mayon.
The initial estimate of damage did not yet include those in coconut plantations, which were still being assessed. by officials.
About 8,300 people had been displaced and more than 65,000 were housed in tents and classrooms. Mayon usually remained active for 2 to 3 months a time, thus the evacuees had to stay out of their homes for at least that long.
GLOBAL EFFECT: Singapore (Reuters) - While villagers living near Mayon volcano are feeing the force of brutal eruptions almost daily, the rest of the world could feel Mayon's impact through cooler atmosphere, it would form a veil over the Earth, preventing some of the Sun's heat from reaching the Earth's surface and causing temperatures to drop. But this does not have any long-term effect.
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