The erupting Taal volcano on the main island of the Philippines has caused indescribable chaos, with almost half a million people ordered to evacuate the surrounding area. Since tons of ash from the volcano destroyed houses and infrastructure, killing crops and livestock that residents depended on, thousands of people, soon to become hundreds of thousands, have been forced into evacuation centers that are struggling to provide basic necessities.
Although the situation looks bleak at the makeshift shelters where evacuees are staying, people are striving to pass the time and make each other smile by dressing up in the strangest clothes they’ve received as donations. In the rush to get supplies to victims of the disaster, people have been tossing everything from party dresses to work uniforms into donation boxes.
While not all of these stranger donated items will go far to help people get back on their feet, they’re at least providing a bit of entertainment to the people stuck in the shelters.
Organizations assisting the evacuation are not pleased with the clothing selection at evacuation centers, according to local news. The Citizens’ Disaster Response Center urged people to “treat the survivors with dignity” by donating clothes that could still be used. While the statement could have been in response to the pictures arising from the evacuation centers, they added that many of the donated articles of clothing were torn or otherwise unusable.
While the Philippine Institute Of Volcanology say they will lower alerts if the volcano has calmed down within a two-week observation period following the ash eruptions that began on January 12, they’re not confident that this is the end. Volcanologists say they have observed magma close to the surface of the volcano, meaning that a more violent eruption could still be on the way and it’s not yet time to start trying to salvage the ash-covered settlements that residents left behind.