Evacuation crackdown ordered as Philippine volcano ‘recharges’ Jan 21, 2020 0 962 12345 AFPTanauan, PhilippinesPhilippine authorities ordered a crackdown on Monday on evacuees’ daily visits to their homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano as scientists warned it could be “recharging” for a more powerful explosion.More than 110,000 people have taken refuge in evacuation centres since Taal burst to life a week ago, but many hard-hit towns have let residents back for hours each day to fetch items, feed livestock and clean up their houses.“We are directing DRRMCs (civil defence officers)... not to allow anyone to enter the danger zone,” said Epimaco Densing, undersecretary for the Department of Interior.“It’s dangerous, that’s why we have imposed a lockdown,” he told reporters.The volcano shot ash 15 kilometres (nine miles) high in the January 12 eruption, which crushed scores of homes and killed livestock as well as crops. However, seismologists have warned the volcano could imminently unleash a much bigger eruption, posing a deadly risk to anyone in the 14-kilometre radius “danger zone” that surrounds it. Continued earthquakes and an increase in the volcano’s emission of sulfur dioxide gas were possible indications of a “recharge” of magna, which would drive a major blast, a top scientist said. “We consider these are signs that there’s a re-supply of magma which could possibly... cause an eruption that could be strong,” Renato Solidum, head of the Philippines’ seismological agency, said.Until experts deem the threat has passed, evacuees will need the shelters spread across some 400 sites that range from school campuses to covered basketball courts.Conditions vary between sites, but several evacuees told AFP they were getting food and a place to sleep, but that bathrooms were in high demand. Though no people have been reported killed in the eruption, it has wrought havoc on agriculture and tourism. RELATED ARTICLES China confirms human-to-human transmission as SARS-like virus spreads Jan 21, 2020 0 772 Putin submits reform plans to Russian parliament Jan 21, 2020 0 393 State of emergency amid fears of violence at Virginia pro-gun rally Jan 21, 2020 0 1036 Trump’s legal team demands immediate acquittal AFP Washington President Donald Trump’s lawyers submitted a trial brief on Monday calling his impeachment by the House “a dangerous perversion” of the US constitution and demanding his immediate acquittal by the .. Outcry in Pakistan as lawyers’ group asks members to declare faith Islamabad: A lawyers’ association in Pakistan has triggered criticism by asking its Muslim members to submit a certificate of faith declaring belief in the finality of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). The move by the .. Indian Christians protest against new citizenship law Kolkata: More than 8,000 people from the Christian community took to the streets in eastern India on Monday to protest against a citizenship law that critics say discriminates against Muslims. One of the protest .. British PM suffers first defeat since election after losing vote on post-Brexit citizens rights AFP London British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday suffered his first parliamentary defeat since the election when peers voted to give EU citizens physical proof of their right to stay after Brexit. Members of the ..