Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince has reached out to Filipino residents by tweeting in their native language.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, took to Twitter after the Taal volcano erupted.
Sheikh Nahyan reassured the Philippines that the UAE is ready to offer support during “tough times.”
His message on the evening of 19th January reads: “Our hearts go out to the people of the Philippines after the eruption of the Taal volcano. We pray that these tough times are over with the least losses. The UAE stands in solidarity with the Philippines in these difficult times and is ready to provide all support and assistance.”
Ipinapaabot namin ang pakikiramay sa mga mamamayan ng Pilipinas sa pagputok ng Bulkang Taal. Ipinagdarasal naming matapos ito nang may kaunting pinsala. Nakikiisa ang UAE sa Pilipinas sa hamong ito at handang magbigay ng suporta at tulong.
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) January 19, 2020
Flights between the UAE the Philippines were grounded after ash spewed from the country’s Taal volcano.
Falling ash forced thousands to flee their homes and temporarily shut down Manila’s international airport.
One of the world’s smallest volcanoes, Taal is about 60 kilometres south of Manila. No less dangerous for its size, the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has raised an alert on the volcano to Level 4, meaning an “explosive eruption” could happen in the coming hours or days.
PHIVOLCS has also called for a “total evacuation” from those in the volcanic danger zone, which spans approximately 17 kilometres. It’s thought this could total almost half-a-million residents.
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