An estimated three thousand hectares of land has been affected by volcanic ash fall in Calabarzon. The agricultural damage has already exceeded ten million euros.
Can breathing masks protect you against the biting smoke of the bush fires in Australia or the ash rain in the Philippines? How does the body react to the particles - and who is particularly at risk?
A Philippine city blanketed in ash has turned adversity into an opportunity. In a time of disaster, residents have got creative by mixing volcano ash and trash to help reconstruct communities ravaged by Taal.
The Taal volcano in the Philippines has spewed lava and ash for three straight days. Thousands of residents have been evacuated and authorities warn that it could erupt at any moment.
Red-hot lava has started gushing from a volcano near the Philippine capital of Manila. Authorities have made plans to evacuate hundreds of thousands, warning of a potential "hazardous explosive eruption" still to come.
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