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IN PHOTOS: Scenes from the aftermath of Taal’s eruption

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Following Taal's ash eruption on Sunday, a pair of stray dogs scrounge for food on an ash-covered sidewalk in Batangas the next day. Photo by JILSON TIU

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — At 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, Taal Volcano spewed ash about 14 kilometers high, sending residents of CALABARZON and Metro Manila into a frenzy. Residents were evacuated, classes and work called off, and domestic and international flights in Ninoy Aquino International Airport cancelled. Ash and mud covered lakeside towns like Talisay, Tanauan, Laurel, and Cuenca, and earthquakes continued to rock the area. Ashfall rained down on Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, and Metro Manila, blanketing sidewalks and cars with gray ash and leaving a heavy haze all around.

On Monday and Tuesday, despite warnings by PHIVOLCS of an imminent eruption, several residents have attempted to return to their homes to save their livestock and other animals left behind, check on their farms, and even to catch fish in the lake.

Photograph Jilson Tiu captures scenes from Talisay and Tanauan.

A resident begins cleaning crops covered in ash. Photo by JILSON TIU

A closer look at the volcanic ashfall accumulated on crops. Photo by JILSON TIU

According to the Department of Agriculture, 2,772 hectares of land are affected by the ashfall in CALABARZON, with agricultural damages amounting to P577.59 million. Photo by JILSON TIU

A stray cat takes refuge underneath damaged foliage. Since Monday, animal rights groups such as PETA Asia, the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), and the Philippine Pet Birth Control Center of the Philippines (PPBCC) have been providing aid and relief to the animals affected. Photo by JILSON TIU

Ashfall blanketing the roof of a residence in Batangas. Photo by JILSON TIU

Motorists continue to ride the street despite the haze that covers most parts of Batangas. Anyone residing in and visiting the areas directly hit by heavy ashfall are advised to wear face masks to avoid breathing in the volcanic ash, which can be hazardous to one's health. Photo by JILSON TIU

Police clear the mud and ashfall to help residents pass through the slippery streets. Photo by JILSON TIU

Despite warnings that the fish may be poisonous to consume, fisherfolk return to Taal Lake as the volcano continues to spew ash. Photo by JILSON TIU

According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, an estimated 15,033 metric tons of fish supply is lost to the eruption. Photo by JILSON TIU

A view of the active volcano from Taal Lake as lightning continues to rumble at night. Officials warn that hazardous eruption is imminent. Photo by JILSON TIU