Many flights cancelled in Indonesia due to eruption of the Agung volcano

There are more than 2000 passengers stranded on the island of Bali.

The Agung or Gunung Agung is a volcano located on the island of Bali, in Indonesia. Last Saturday was the protagonist of a large eruption that threw ashes to more than 4,000 meters of height, which is why many flights were canceled.

On Saturday night, more than 20 flights were canceled, most originating in Australia, while today the airline AirAsia had to cancel 32 flights that have as origin or destination the islands of Bali and Lombok. For its part, Garuda has canceled all flights on Sunday to the island of Lombok, although other airlines such as Malaysia Airlines reported their decision to operate normally in Bali.

It is estimated that more than 2000 passengers are currently stranded on the island of Bali.

The authorities recommend tourists and residents to remain calm, although warning of taking precautions for ash rains.

The National Agency for Disaster Management (BNBP, in Indonesian) rates the current level of eruption alert in number 3, on a scale of 4, while the level of alert for aviation is in red, the maximum possible.

Ash rain has already been reported in at least 7 villages on the island of Bali and winds from the southeast are estimated to move the ash cloud to the island of Lombok located 50 kilometers west of Bali.

More than 25,000 people from the Karangasem district are still displaced by the eruption and a security zone has been established covering an area of ​​6 or 7.5 kilometers around the crater.

The activity of the Agung began last Tuesday when it expelled a cloud of black vapor of 700 meters of height, being the first eruption of non-magmatic type since the previous ones, in the years 1963 and 1964. In those years, the eruptions lasted almost a year and killed more than 1,100 people.

The status of flights at Bali Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS) can be followed in real time on the airport’s official website.

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