Bali volcano: Flights cancelled, residents evacuated

  • Flights have been cancelled following eruptions on the island of Bali in Indonesia.  As a thick cloud of ash from Mount Agung glides in the east and southeast directions, officials have moved around 24,000 residents to safer areas. Media reports quoted Ari Ahsan, spokesman for the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, as saying that the Lombok International Airport on Pulau Lombok has been temporarily shut down. The spokesman also added that residents have been moved from some 224 points across the island. Meanwhile, the aviation alert has been raised from an orange to a red alert by Indonesia’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation.