Philippines volcano: lava erupts from Mount Mayon as ash covers towns

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Officials worry eruption may last months, disrupting lives and livelihoods of people in its shadow

Lava is spilling from a Philippine volcano that has been sending up columns of ash over farmland and towns, coating them in grey during a nearly two-week eruption.

More than 74,000 people are staying in dozens of emergency shelters after fleeing the danger zone around Mount Mayon. Officials are worried the eruption may last months, disrupting the lives and livelihoods of people in its shadow.

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