“If my house is destroyed I don’t know how to restart my life. I don’t know where my kids will sleep and all I can do now is pray,” said farmer Gusti Gege Astana.
Snakes and monkeys have reportedly begun fleeing the area around Mount Agung in their droves, in what locals claim is the strongest sign yet the Bali volcano will erupt.
“Bali tourism is safe. Do not spread misleading news that Bali is not safe because Mount Agung is on the highest alert status. Please come and visit Bali,” National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho
Bali’s Governor has urged people to remain calm amid fears of a volcanic eruption on the holiday island. Seismic activity at the Mount Agung, or Gunung Agung, volcano significantly increased on Monday, leading authorities to issue a level 3, or high, alert and evacuate areas within 7.5 kilometres.
Indonesian authorities are searching for several hundred tourists after Mount Barujari on Lombok island spewed a massive column of ash into the atmosphere and have evacuated more than 1,100 others, the country’s disaster agency said Wednesday.
Volcanic ash of Mount Barujari, a sub-volcano of Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) is again forcing the cancellation of flights to and from Ngurah Rai, Bali’s Airport.
A number of domestic and international flights to and from Bali were canceled on Monday following the eruption of Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.
Bali’s Tourism Agency stated that the Province’s tourism sector has incurred Rp45 billion in losses due to the eruption of Mount Barujari in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara
“There’s no indication it will decrease in energy any time soon and the last time it was active in 2009, it went on for 18 months,” Bond said.
Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry has extended the closure of four airports to Friday after Mount Barujari on Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, began spewing volcanic ash, leaving thousands of travelers stranded.