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35000 flee amid fears of volcano eruption in Bali

35000 flee amid fears of volcano eruption in Bali

For example the Ngurah Rai International Airport is operating as usual, while there have not been reports of disruptions to tourism operators (with the exception of tourism within the 12-kilometer exclusion zone around Mount Agung).

The Consulate General of India issued a travel advisory after the Indonesian authorities placed the alert level on Mount Agung at level IV, the highest alert, with continued seismic activity in and around the mountain.

"An eruption of Mount Agung could impact air travel in the region", Smart Traveller said on Friday.

He said there will be a special team from the local husbandry agency to handle the livestock's evacuation.

The Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency has set up temporary shelters for evacuees and provided 14 tons of aid including food, water, tents, blankets and mattresses. Up to 30,000 villagers around the mountain evacuated their homes.

The 35-year-old said he sold the family's cow because they did not know when they would be able to return.




"We expect the number to rise, as many still remain unaccounted for and some even have fled out of Bali", said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

Almost 35,000 people have been evacuated from near a volcano on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali that officials say is becoming more active and could erupt soon.

BNPB is also installing road signs to mark the safe and risky zones around the 3,014-metre-high volcano.

When back in 1963 Mount Agung erupted, a total of more than 1,000 people were killed.

Residents stay at a temporary shelter as they are evacuated from unsafe areas following potential eruption of Gunung Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia, on September 23, 2017. Fortunately, volcano eruptions take less human lives today (than in the past) due to better volcano observation methods in combination with better organized emergency evacuations.

"We hope this time it will not be that big, but we need to be prepared for the worst case scenario and prioritise vigilance", Kasbani told Metro TV.


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