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Taal volcano eruption poses deadly dilemma for people living in its shadow

Laurel, Philippines (CNN)Maria Evangeline Tenorio Sarmiento struggles to wade through ankle-deep mud and debris to reach her house that's been inundated with thick sludge.Inside, the 52-year-old mother of two finds the roof over her kitchen has collapsed under the weight of ashfall. The once-blue walls are now smeared in a thick layer of gray ash. Her son is up on the roof scraping off the mud in an effort to stop the rest from caving in. "It was totally destroyed. I only saw it yesterday. I saw our barangay (village) and can't help but cry," she told CNN from the ruined house in Laurel in the Philippine province of Batangas. Sarmiento's piggery -- a new source of income for her -- is gone. Her five pigs dead. "How can we rebuild our lives ...
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