The Jakarta Post
Vice president Jusuf Kalla visited Mount Agung eruption evacuees at a shelter in Rendang village, Karangasem, Bali on Saturday, to reassure the evacuees that they are safe.
Kalla offered sympathy for the suffering experienced by the residents, who are currently staying in shelters in various places across Bali, telling the evacuees at Rendang village camp to maintain their daily activities at the shelter.
“Let's maintain daily [activities] so we do not lose the spirit to work,” he said as quoted by kompas.com, adding that, despite being evacuees, children should also continue to go to school.
“Let's hope that everything will be normal again shortly,” Kalla added, providing assurance that the shelter was safe from Mt. Agung's volcanic activity.
The shelter Kalla visited is located about 12 kilometers from Mt. Agung's crater, while the declared danger zone is a 10 km radius around the crater.
The government has been trying to convince people that plenty of Bali's destinations outside the danger zone are safe to visit, including to celebrate New Year's Eve, amid the uncertainty over Mt. Agung's eruption, which reportedly has caused low hotel occupancy on the island. (nmn/ipa)