Monday, November 27, 2017

Bali airport closed after volcanic eruptions

The main airport in Indonesian resort island of Bali was closed after volcanic eruptions from Mount Agung, reports said.

Indonesian authorities have issued the highest-level warning after the volcanic eruption and evacuated thousands of residents living nearby.

Thick ash started shooting thousands of meters into the air above Mount Agung on Saturday, driving east and southeast along the archipelago, causing dozens of flight cancellations, said a CNN report.

At Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali's main airport, flights were canceled for 24 hours from 7.15 am Monday local time, stranding roughly 59,000 domestic and international passengers, according to the airport's latest report.

"While the sun is shining and there is little sign of volcanic ash in the southern regions of Bali, evidence of volcanic ash at higher altitudes on aviation approach and departure paths has prompted the decision to close the airport," Bali Tourism Board Chairman Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana said in a statement.

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