25 Jan 18 Julie Bishop: Today I announce that the Australian Government is providing humanitarian support for local communities forced from their homes by the eruption of Mount Mayon volcano in the Philippines.

Australia will provide up to $775,000 in assistance through the Philippines Red Cross to help 30,000 people living in evacuation centres access tarpaulins, sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans and hygiene supplies.

The Philippines government established an exclusion zone around the volcano and evacuated surrounding communities after it began erupting on 13 January. To ensure no residents or tourists are in danger, the exclusion zone was increased to eight kilometres this week.

Around 25,000 people have been evacuated, causing significant disruption to their lives and incomes. Many of these evacuees were forced to leave their homes at short notice with few or no belongings.

The Smartraveller website has up-to-date information on Mayon volcano as well as the latest advice for Australians in, or planning to travel to the Philippines. Australians in the vicinity of Mount Mayon should follow the advice of local authorities and observe all evacuation orders.

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website – www.dfat.gov.au