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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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Part 1

February 21, 2000 (Monday)

  • The flow of magma toward the crater has been pushing lava out of the volcano's rim.

February 22, 2000 (Tuesday)

  • At dawn, lava started to flow down the slopes of Mayon Volcano.  The lava is seen rolling five kilometers down a gully on the south-eastern slope at 80 kilometers per hour.

  • Portion of the crater wall collapsed, discharging ash 400 meters into the air.

  • The lava has been clearly visible at around 7 p.m. and flowed until 5 a.m., Wednesday, down Bonga gully in Camalig, Albay.

February 23, 2000 (Wednesday)

  • Lava continued to flow down from the summit while volcanic ash fell on the area around Mayon Volcano the whole day.

  • As the dome grows due to magma build-up at the summit, materials are continuously being detached from the lava dome, comprised of either lava fragments or rocks that produce rockfalls.  Lava fragments rolled down the slope of Mayon to a distance of about 1 kilometer from the summit.

  • Police and military personnel forcibly evacuated 3,944 residents within the six-kilometer radius of Mt. Mayon considered a Permanent Danger Zone.  Those evacuated came from the towns of Tabaco, Sto. Domingo, Malilipot and Camalig.

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