Indonesian authorities issue highest alert for Mount Agung in Bali

nsnbc : Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) raised the danger status of Mount Agung in Bali to the highest level four starting from 8.30pm on Friday, September 22. Indonesian authorities also note that Bali is still safe for tourists.

Mt Agung_Bali_Indonesia_Sep 2017Kasbani, spokesman for the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources commented on the status of the volcano saying “Considering Mt. Agungs latest development marked by higher level of fire and extraordinary increase in tremors we have decided to upgrade its status from Alert Level III to Watch or Level IV.”

Under the new status the area to be evacuated is widened from a radius of six kilometers to 12 kilometers northward, northeastward, southeastward and south-southwestward. The ministerial spokesperson stressed that all of the affected areas should be evacuated completely and that the evacuation had to begin at 08:30 p.m today. He also stressed that the evacuation order also includes tourists and all tourist activities. Indonesian authorities asserted that the island is safe for tourists but stressed also, that tourists must comply with evacuation orders like everyone else, to say safe.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the head of the center for information and public relations of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said that a national command center will soon be activated to accomapany regional governments. Logistics, aid supplies and equipment will be taken to evacuation centers; Coordination meetings between ministries concerned and other offices will be arranged with immediate effect, he said.

He also noted that sign posts would be put up on strategic places to demarcate the evacuation zone and to show routes to safe areas. “People are called to remain calm and not be provoked by misleading rumors. Mt. Agung has not erupted. Monitoring however is being intensified,” he said. The BNPB has recorded a total of 9,421 people have evacuated themselves in 50 locations in three districts following the increasing activity of the mountain.

F/AK – nsnbc 23.09.2017

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