Bali evacuees wait for signs of Mount Agung volcano eruption

A villager rides past by with Mount Agung seen in the background in Karangasem Bali Indonesia Sunday Sept. 24 2017. Thousands of villagers on the Indonesian resort island have been evacuated to temporary shelters amid fear that Mount Agung will erupt

Mount Agung, about 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the Indonesian tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August, threatening to erupt for the first time since 1963.

"Some of our Bali bound flights will be making fuel stops in Darwin".

Nearly 75,000 have been forced to flee the area surrounding Mount Agung as it nears a colossal eruption. The disaster mitigation agency recorded about 62,000 people live in the risky zone.

The agency's spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said Tuesday that evacuees are spread across more than 370 locations on the island and their numbers are continuing to rise.

He said the aid package included 5,000 blankets, 18,230 mattresses, 520,000 masks and 12,000 kilograms of rice. A significant eruption would force the closure of Bali's worldwide airport, stranding thousands.

Ash and smoke was spat up to 10 kilometres into the air and even reached the capital Jakarta, located around 1000 kilometres away. Some animals were left unable to fend for themselves, tied up or in cages, according to the NGO-though let it also be noted some people also have refused to evacuate and abandon their livelihoods, their livestock.

Indonesia is made of thousands of islands and is prone to earthquakes and volcanoes, what geologists call seismic upheaval.

The Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation said the tremors had grown more powerful on Sunday.

When Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, more than 1,100 people were killed and several settlements were destroyed.

"The mountain has not erupted until now".

A woman and child sit in a tent at a temporary evacuation center for people living near Mount Agung, outside a sports arena in Klungkung, on the resort island of Bali, Indonesia. That event was preceded by an increased frequency in earthquakes.

The 2010 Merapi eruption, which also forced hundreds of thousands of villagers to flee, was that mountain's biggest since 1872.

The foreign ministry advised Malaysians in the vicinity of Mount Agung in Bali, to be cautious and obey the instructions of the Indonesian authorities.



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