Denpasar, November 29: After two long days stranded travelers in Bali may take a sigh of relief as Bali airport has reopened on Wednesday. A volcanic eruption which started on Saturday forced the shutdown of the main airport in Bali.
Among the tourist stranded in Bali, Chinese tourists are highest in number. Other than that Australians, Indians, British, and Japanese constitute a large part. The Indian embassy in Jakarta opened a facilitation center to help stranded Indian nationals.
While local residents within 8-10 km of Mount Agung were advised to evacuate immediately. But they denied relocating due to various reasons. “Those in the 8- to 10-kilometer radius must truly take refuge for safety,” President Widodo told. He also warned that the danger has not passed.
The Mount Agung Volcano erupted in Bali for the first time in 54 years in September 2017. Then 140,000 people were forced to evacuate and the again were told to return as volcanic activity decreased in October. The Volcano erupted in Bali on Tuesday for the first time after September. Within a 7.5 kilometer radius of the volcano, the people have been advised to stay away from areas. The volcano last erupted in 1963 killing nearly 1,600 people.