Philippines suspends Manila airport flights as volcano spews ash

Reuters Manila, Philippines Jan 12, 2020, 06.31 PM(IST)

A view of the Taal volcano eruption seen from Tagaytay, Philippines Photograph:( Reuters )

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Earlier, thousands of residents were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

The Philippine airport authority on Sunday suspended flights at Manila's international airport after a volcano in nearby Batangas province spewed a giant plume of ash.

The Taal volcano generated a 1-km (0.6 mile) high ash plume accompanied by rumbling sounds and tremors earlier in the day, indicating increased unrest that could lead to a hazardous eruption in weeks.

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"Flight operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport have been temporarily suspended due to the volcanic ash from the eruption of Taal Volcano," the Manila International Airport Authority tweeted.

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Passengers have been advised to coordinate with their respective airlines for details on flight schedules.