The Jakarta Post
The number of residents evacuated from their homes near Mount Agung in Bali continues to rise.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 96,086 people had been evacuated to 430 shelters in eight regencies and a city across Bali, as opposed to 81,152 recorded as of Tuesday evening, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.
Karangasem regency took in the most evacuees, with 39,859 of them spread out in 100 shelters. As many as 19,456 were evacuated to 162 shelters in Klungkung regency while 16,901 to 26 shelters in Buleleng regency.
Other regencies that have also accepted evacuees are Badung regency with 5,879 evacuees in 15 shelters, Bangli regency with 5,076 evacuees in 30 shelters, Tabanan regency with 4,851 evacuees in 27 shelters, Gianyar regency (1,011 evacuees in 13 shelters), Jembrana regency (514 evacuees in 29 shelters). In the provincial capital of Denpasar, meanwhile, 2,539 evacuees are being sheltered in 27 locations.
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The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) reported on Wednesday that thin white smoke was seen up to 50 meters above the crater.
“As long as the alert level is still set at the highest level, no activity is allowed within the dangerous radius of the volcano,” BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.
Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) has changed the color code for the area around Mt. Agung from yellow to orange, meaning that the alert level for pilots was raised one level.