It’s back to school for children in Albay

ALL 29 public schools converted into temporary shelters for residents fleeing a feared explosive eruption of Mayon Volcano are expected to reopen for classes today, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said yesterday.

Disaster relief officials launched a massive cleanup as tens of thousands of residents began returning home on Saturday after the restive Mayon showed signs of calming down.

“What we are doing now is conducting damage assessment. We are in an early recovery stage,” Salceda told reporters. “We are cleaning up schools and classrooms so that classes can resume on Monday.”

Salceda said fire trucks had been brought in to hose down sanitation facilities that were overwhelmed when close to 50,000 people were evacuated over the past three weeks for fear of a possible major eruption.

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