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Friday, 7 September, 2001, 12:52 GMT 13:52 UK
In pictures: Philippine crater lake
Residents of Botolan and its surrounding villages in the northern Philippines were allowed to return home after the swollen crater of Mount Pinatubo was successfully drained.

It had been an anxious time for the evacuees as workers dug a five-metre-wide channel from the edge of the volcano's crater in order to divert the lake of rainwater that had collected there.


Mount Pinatubo erupting
The crater lake was formed after the volcano's eruption 10 years ago

evacuees crossing river
Evacuees used tyres to cross a river in Botolan town and move to higher ground

evacuees in front of tents
The evacuees had lived in tents with few amenities and little food

workers shift earth
It took workers several weeks digging with picks and shovels to complete the drainage channel

evacuees watching television
Some evacuees could monitor the progress of the drainage operation on TV

floodwater flows into the Bucao river
In the end, the rainwater washed harmlessly into local rivers

See also:

07 Sep 01 | Asia-Pacific
Filipinos return as volcano lake drains
24 Jun 01 | Asia-Pacific
Thousands flee Philippines volcano
16 Aug 01 | Asia-Pacific
Volcanic lake threatens disaster
25 Jul 01 | Sci/Tech
Volcano disaster warning
31 Jan 01 | Sci/Tech
Early warning for volcanic mudslides
08 Jun 01 | Sci/Tech
Satellite snaps volcano eruption
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