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DW News 14 Jan 2020

Philippines Taal volcano: Major eruption brewing


It could happen at any time and it could be extremely dangerous. Authorities in the Philippines fear the Taal volcano, which is close to the capital Manila, is about to erupt. The government raised threat levels after the volcano began spewing ash and lava. So far some 30,000 people have fled their homes. But nearly half a million residents remain in the danger zone.

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Families of COVID-19 victims in the Philippines are being denied traditional death rites in favor of hurried, impersonal cremations, with virus restrictions often meaning they are forbidden a last look at their loved ones.

It is a painful and disorienting process for both the families and crematory workers that has upended the Philippines' intimate rituals of laying the dead to rest.

Burial is the norm in the Catholic-majority nation, and it usually follows a days-long display of the embalmed body at home or in a chapel.

But due to the pandemic authorities are encouraging rapid cremations -- though quick burials are still allowed -- of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 deaths.

Wakes are barred in these cases and hospitals must seal remains in plastic and send them directly to crematories or funeral homes.

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