Holidaymakers in Bali warned of flight disruption amid volcanic eruption fears

Balinese man watches Mount Agung volcano almost covered with clouds as he stands at a temple in Karangasem, Bali. PIC: PA
Balinese man watches Mount Agung volcano almost covered with clouds as he stands at a temple in Karangasem, Bali. PIC: PA
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British holidaymakers in Indonesia are being warned volcanic ash clouds could cause flight disruption amid fears of an imminent eruption on the tourist island of Bali.

More than 57,000 people have fled the danger zone, which extends up to 7.5 miles from Mount Agung’s crater, after authorities raised its alert status to the highest level on Friday.

A villager watches Mount Agung volcano in his field in Amed, Bali, Indonesia. PIC: PA

A villager watches Mount Agung volcano in his field in Amed, Bali, Indonesia. PIC: PA

The volcano, 45 miles to the north-east of the tourist hotspot of Kuta, last erupted in 1963, killing 1,100 people.

About 330,000 British nationals visit Indonesia every year, according to the Foreign Office.

The latest Government advice to Britons planning to visit the region says the National Disaster Management Authority for Indonesia’s volcanic alert level indicates “an eruption is possible in the next 24 hours”.

“You should follow the advice of the local authorities and stay outside the exclusion zone,” it says.

“If there is an eruption, volcanic ash clouds could cause flight disruptions.

“In the event of volcanic ash clouds you should confirm your travel arrangements directly with your airline or travel agent before travelling to the airport.”

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