K-pop stars have expressed sympathy following the eruption of Taal Volcano on Jan. 12, which displaced thousands.
Dara, whose showbiz career started in the Philippines and who has visited the country many times, posted on social media about the calamity.
“Please stay safe everyone,” Dara wrote on Twitter along with a photo of an erupting Taal Volcano.
Korean actor and singer Kim Myung Soo, popularly known as L of boy band Infinite, held a fan meeting in Manila on Jan. 12 and after the event, he wrote about the eruption on Instagram
“I would like to thank all the fans who came to the fanmeeting tonight. Due to the eruption of a volcano near Manila, I hope that no one will be affected by this natural calamity,” he posted. Kim Myung Soo was unable to immediately fly back to Korea as flights to and from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport were cancelled.
CDM Entertainment, the fan meeting’s promoter, announced that Kim Myung Soo had already left the country through Clark International Airport in the early hours of Jan. 14.
Super Junior member Siwon posted on Twitter, “My prayer goes out to the children and the elderly and infirm of the Philippines. I hope no one is seriously hurt from the volcanic eruptions and the earthquakes.”
BTS member V replied to a fan who posted about the Taal Volcano eruption, saying, “My heart aches these days” and he hopes no one gets hurt and nature would stop hurting people anymore.
According to the latest report by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), a total of 6,891 families or 30,423 persons in Batangas and Cavite were affected by the Taal Volcano eruption. Of them, 18,187 individuals are staying in 118 evacuation centers.
It also said there were 286 volcanic earthquakes in the Taal region as of Jan. 14, and 604 flights consisting of 362 domestic and 242 international were cancelled because of the volcanic ash from the eruption.