Singapore Issues Travel Advisory After Mount Agung Volcano In Bali Erupts

Mount Agung is the island's tallest volcano.

Cover image via Johannes P. Christo/REUTERS

Singapore has issued a travel advisory to its citizens in Bali to be ready to evacuate the holiday island at short notice following the eruption of Mount Agung volcano on Tuesday afternoon

Mount Agung, the island's tallest volcano erupted less than a month after the alert level was lowered. Following the eruption, the volcanic ash fell onto a number of villages surrounding the volcano, affecting at least five villages.

On 21 November, at 5.05pm, Mount Agung erupted and spewed black smoke, which reached more than 700 meters from the peak of the mountain.

While authorities have not changed the alert status on Mount Agung, Singapore has issued its travel advisory, saying there's concern about a bigger eruption.

A villager looks at Mount Agung following a phreatic eruption.

Image via Johannes P. Christo/REUTERS

"You should also be ready to evacuate at short notice"

Earlier today, 22 November, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a travel notice that eruptions could result in ash clouds that could "severely disrupt air travel. You should also be ready to evacuate at short notice."

The travel notice added that Singaporeans should defer non-essential travel to the affected areas of the island at this juncture.

However, so far there have been no reports of flight cancellations.

The travel advisory also added that Singaporeans in Bali are advised to take all necessary precautions for their personal safety

"...monitor the local news closely and heed the instructions of the local authorities. You should also be ready to evacuate at short notice. Do purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage," it read.

However, Indonesia has taken quite an exception to Singapore's travel advisory to avoid parts of Bali, calling it "excessive"

"It's excessive for Singapore to issue an advisory on Bali as only a radius of 6 to 7.5 kilometres around the crater of Mount Agung is considered dangerous. So the condition is safe. Flights are also safe," according to a Bloomberg report, which quoted Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency.

Image via BBC

Currently, the alert level of Mount Agung has been kept at level 3, it's the second highest after it was lowered on 29 October

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency has recommended against any activity within 6-7.5 km of the crater.

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