Bali readies to evacuate tourists

September 27, 2017 by  
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BALI, 28 September 2017: Indonesian authorities are on standby to divert flights destined for the holiday island of Bali as increasingly frequent tremors from a rumbling volcano stoke fears an eruption could be imminent.

Mount Agung, 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August, threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years and forcing more than 80,000 people to flee their homes.

Bali attracts millions of foreign visitors annually to its palm-fringed beaches and an eruption would be a blow to its tourism-dependent economy. Read more

Bali on high alert

September 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

DENPASAR, 27 September 2017: Bali’s travel trade is on high alert as the volcanic Mount Agung remains at the highest level 4 alert for the fifth day in a row as fears grow that a eruption could  be imminent.

The reliable Bali Update news channel reported, earlier this week, that 43,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes in the north and northwest of Bali as public and private relief efforts move into top gear. However, the figure has since risen to 75,000.

Bali Update said it had been “being bombarded with questions about the safety of traveling to Bali at this time”. Read more