Evacuations from Bali volcano rise to 57000

29 September, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Randy Kelley
  • The Latest: Bali volcano fears spark exodus of 75000

Officials also noted there are around 30,000 cattle within the danger zone around the volcano, and efforts are being made to move the livestock as it is an important source of income for many residents.

The Mount Agung is seen from the Purahayu village in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia on 27 September 2017.

Mount Agung is among the 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, a vast archipelagic nation with 17,500 islands.

The volcano has been showing increasing activity in the past two weeks after half a century of dormancy.

A natural disaster has been declared in parts of Bali with fears the island's largest volcano could erupt at anytime.

Vanuatu's Ambae island hasn't been evacuated on this scale since an alert in 2005, Minister of Land and Natural Resources Ralph Regenvanu told CNN.

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This week Indonesia's national disaster agency has sent face masks, mattresses, blankets and tents for evacuees, who have also been provided with food.

Australia was also funding surveillance flights over the volcanoes on Ambae and nearby Ambrym island, it added. An exclusion zone around the mountain extends as far as 12km from the crater in places but officials say people farther from the volcano are leaving too. He evacuated with this elderly mother, wife, children and young grandchild to the Swecapura sports arena. Back then, there was no evacuation plan, people just "ran to save themselves", he said.

Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport is the second-busiest in the country, after Jakarta's main international airport.

"I don't know where my kids will sleep and all I can do now is pray", said Gusti Gege Astana, 40.

Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, killing almost 1,600 people.

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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