Bali volcanic eruption: Indonesia speed-ups evacuation process

ANI | Updated: Nov 27, 2017 23:12 IST

Bali [Indonesia], Nov. 27 (ANI): Around 100,000 people on the island of Bali are to be evacuated from a danger zone around the Mount Agung volcano, which is spewing ash following the volcanic erupting, said an official in Indonesia.

Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar, Bali's capital has also been closed. It is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, but could be postponed based on conditions, reported the New York Times.

Earlier, Malaysia Airlines cancelled all flights between Kuala Lumpur and Denpasar-Bali following the volcanic activity at Mount Agung.

Indonesia has also raised an alert for the volcano on the tourist island of Bali and has ordered evacuation of people within 10 kilometres.

The eruption at Mount Agung has become magmatic, the country's disaster management agency said, warning that a larger eruption could be imminent. As a result, the alert status for the surrounding area has been raised to level 4, the highest level.

Mount Agung spewed smoke reportedly as high as 4,000 m above its summit and disrupted at least 28 flights departing and arriving at the island.

The region around Mount Agung has been on alert since late September when more than 140,000 people were told to evacuate over fears of an imminent eruption.

Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, killing nearly 1,600 people in one of Indonesia's most devastating eruptions. (ANI)