NEW DELHI: The Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level to IV for a Bali volcano Mount Agung amid fears that it could erupt at any time as the tremors recorded has increased due to continued volcanic and seismic activity in and around the mountain.
MEA has issued a travel advisory for Indian nationals travelling to Bali to “keep abreast with the latest situation through their airlines and tour operators before finalizing their plans. Non-essential travel should be deferred till the alert level is lowered.”
“For those already in Bali, it would be safer to avoid travelling to north and east Bali. Please keep in touch with your Hotel and tour operators,” Consulate General of India, Bali, said in a statement.
“In case of emergency and distress, please contact the Consulate General of India, Bali at +628113976388 or +628113867270 or tweet @cgibali”, the statement added.
There are fears that that Mount Agung could erupt at any moment.
Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport (Denpasar International Airport) has been prepared for an emergency operations centre, in the event of an eruption closing the busy airport.
As many as 28,000 villagers living near Mt Agung volcano have now been evacuated to shelters and some 300 tremors were recorded between midnight and 6am on Sunday, with authorities declaring a radius of nine kilometres around the mountain dangerous, local media reports.