On January 13, the Taal Volcano located 70 kilometers south of Manila, Philippines began to erupt. The eruption caused a giant ash plume that rained ashfall in Batangas, Laguna, Cavite and Metro Manila. Estimates indicate 459,300 people were affected.
As of January 15, a total of 466 volcanic earthquakes occurred. People within the high-risk areas inside the 14-km radius from the Taal Volcano crater were ordered to evacuate. More than 43,000 people sheltered in evacuation centers.
In response, Airlink assisted nonprofit partner GlobalMedic which provided water purification units and hygiene items, as well as trained personnel, to directly reduce the impact of water insecurity and related health risks to those affected by the volcano.