Thousands of people in Bali evacuated over volcanic eruption fears

Thousands of people in Bali evacuated over volcanic eruption fears

There are rising fears Mount Agung (pictured in the background) could erupt

Monday, September 25, 2017

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated in Bali amid rising fears of a volcanic eruption. 

The authorities on the Indonesian island have warned the volcano could erupt, after receiving reports of tremors and magma rising to the surface.

The Red Cross in Indonesia says nearly 42,000 residents in the regions surrounding the mountain have been taken to shelters in nearby town halls and schools for their own safety. 

The authorities have issued the highest level of alert and imposed an exclusion zone of 12.5 kilometres around the volcano. 

Hundreds of tonnes of aid supplies are being shipped in to ensure the residents are provided for. 

At the moment, the tourist areas of the island - which is a popular country for foreigners - are unaffected and no flights have been cancelled for the time being.