Indonesia Prepares to Divert Bali-Bound Flights in Case of Volcanic Eruption

Lynne Hanson
September 29, 2017

Around 10,000 animals have also been evacuated from the flanks of the volcano, about 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta.

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advised Filipinos living in or travelling to Bali in Indonesia to exercise caution in the light of increased volcanic activity in Mount Agung.

The entire population of Ambae is being moved from the path of the "increasingly active" Marano volcano, also known as Lombenben, according to the Pacific nation's government.

Nyoman Parwata, an official at the disaster migration agency's command post in Bali, said the number of evacuees on the Indonesian resort island has increased to 122,500, fearing Mount Agung will soon erupt.

Several airlines in Singapore and Australia said they are preparing for disruptions, but that flights were running normally for now. "Ambae volcano is in an ongoing moderate eruption state", a statement from Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department said.

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Another volcano, Mount Sinabung, has been erupting sporadically since 2010, sometimes blasting volcanic ash several kilometres into the air and forcing more than 30,000 to evacuate their villages. Aids and donations continue to arrive from various sources, from the central government, local governments, businesses and communities. But officials now said people are fleeing even farther areas.

The volcano last erupted in 1963, killing over 1,000 people.

Ngurah Rai International Airport remains open but is on alert in case of ash disruption, and there are plans to bus people to other airports, if needed.

"I was very anxious about the situation" said Nyoman Suarta, who lives in a village just outside the danger zone.

The Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation said Mount Agung was highly active on Thursday, recording 125 volcanic earthquakes between 12am (1700 GMT) and 6am.

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