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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Phone footage shows Mount Mayon's huge ash cloud. The Philippines raised the alert level at its most active volcano, Mount Mayon, on Monday after fresh activity. Mayon has been spewing lava and a cloud of ash since 13 January, forcing more than 40,000 residents to flee their homes in the central province of Albay. Authorities raised the alert level to four on a scale of five because a hazardous and violent eruption is expected within days. An 8km (five mile) exclusion zone has been put in place around the volcano. Image caption Mayon, a near-perfect cone, rises 2,460 metres Image caption Albay province has run out of emergency funds, according to the provincial governor Full story

22 January