Bali volcano eruption: India monitoring situation, says Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Nov 28: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said India is monitoring the situation in Bali where a volcano has erupted in Mount Agung.

Swaraj tweeted that she had spoken to Pradeep Rawat, the Indian Ambassador in Jakarta.

“We have set up a facilitation centre at the (Bali) airport and are providing assistance to the stranded Indian nationals there. I am in constant touch with our mission,” she said in a tweet.

Indonesian officials on Tuesday extended the closure of Bali’s main airport for further 24 hours.

Indonesian authorities say Agung continues to erupt and spew water vapour and ash between 2,000 and 3,400 metres high above the crater. There is also seismic activity in the area, news agency IANS quoted.

Yesterday, the Bali airport cancelled 445 domestic and international flights, leaving at least 59,000 passengers stranded. Bali is the prominent tourist destination in Indonesia, with an annual influx of around 5.4 million foreign tourists, according to official data.

Wefornews Bureau 

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