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Bali volcano: Swaraj monitoring situation, Indian mission opens help desk

The airport in Bali’s capital Denpasar has been closed, a move expected to affect tens of thousands of passengers.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2017 09:54 IST
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Plumes of ash billow from Mount Agung volcano as viewed from Culik village on November 27, 2017 in Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian authorities raised the alert as Mount Agung rumbled on the tourist island of Bali, ordering people within 10 kilometers to evacuate. Bali’s international airport has closed for 24 hours and authorities will consider reopening it Tuesday after evaluating the situation. (Johannes P. Christo / REUTERS)

As Indonesia raised Bali volcano alert to the highest level, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said she was monitoring the situation closely and that the Indian Mission there would provide assistance to Indians requiring help.

The Indian Consulate in Bali has opened a help desk at the city airport to provide any assistance to the Indians stuck there.

“Indians in Bali - Pls do not worry. Pradeep Rawat Indian Ambassador in Jakarta @IndianEmbJkt and Sunil Babu Consul General @cgibali are on the job and I am monitoring this personally(sic),” she said on Twitter.

Massive columns of thick grey smoke that have been belching from Mount Agung since last week have now begun shooting more than three kilometres (two miles) into the sky, forcing flights to be grounded.

The airport in Bali’s capital Denpasar, a top holiday destination that attracts millions of foreign tourists every year, has been closed, a move expected to affect tens of thousands of passengers.

First Published: Nov 28, 2017 08:38 IST