Bali volcano eruption

Flights from various airlines have been cancelled after the volcano erupted earlier this weekend. Indonesia has upgraded its Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) to red, its highest warning, and said the ash-cloud top could reach 19,654 feet (6,142 metres) or higher. 

Airlines including Jetstar have announced they are cancelling flights in light of the developments. Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in total, eight international flights to Bali and 13 international flights departing from Bali on Saturday night were cancelled. He said about 2,000 people were stranded at the airport.
The nieghbouring airport of Lombok has been closed unitl at last 6am Monday (local time), due to ash clouds, an official at the airport has said. 

About 25,000 people are thought to still be in temporary shelters after more than 140,000 people fled earlier this year. Increased volcanic activity had prompted fears a major eruption was imminent.

Bali is home to more than 130 active volcanoes. The last time Mount Agung erupted, in 1963, more than 1,000 people died.

[bbc, independent]
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