Over 134,000 fleeing home as Bali volcano may erupt at any moment
September 29,2017 By:Xinhua
JAKARTA, Sept.29,2017-- The number of evacuees has risen to more than 134,000 in Bali resort island of Indonesia as a volcano could imminently erupt, a disaster agency official said on Thursday.
The 3,031-meter Mount Agung volcano in Karang Asem district is in the highest alert status with continuing hike of seismic activity.
"The push of magma to the surface keeps happening," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the country's national disaster management agency told Xinhua.
Aids for the evacuees taking shelters at more than 480 evacuation centers keep flowing in and they are sufficient for one month, he added.
President Joko Widodo held a cabinet meeting on Thursday to ensure all preparations and mitigation measures are in place, according to Puan Maharani, coordinating minister for human development and cultural affairs.
Mount Agung is located about 75 km from the tourist hub of Kuta. It last erupted in 1963, killing 1,100 people.
Mount Agung is among the 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, a vast archipelagic nation with 17,500 islands.