Bali volcano alert to the highest level, Swaraj monitoring situation

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New Delhi, November 28: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said she was monitoring the situation in Bali closely and that the Indian Mission there would provide assistance to Indians requiring help as Indonesia raised Bali volcano alert to the highest level.

A view of Mount Agung volcano erupting in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. Indonesia authorities raised the alert for the rumbling volcano to highest level on Monday and closed the international airport on tourist island of Bali stranding thousands of travelers. AP/PTI photo

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 yesterday.

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 for the second day today. 

PTI

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