Vietnamese in Bali supported to leave volcano Agung area

Vietnamese tourists at Ngurah Rai airport in Bali (Photo:VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia hasinstructed some 60 Vietnamese citizens stuck in the Indonesian island of Bali toleave dangerous areas near Mount Agung, due to volcanic eruption, stated the ForeignMinistry’s Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang.

At the ministry’s regular press conference on November 30, Hang saidthat after receiving the warning from Indonesian authorities of the eruption ofvolcano Agung, the embassy has updated information from the media and the Internet,while setting up a hotline to receive and respond to requests from Vietnamesecitizens and tourists in Bali.

The embassy has also asked for locals’ support in the work.

Currently, the Government of Indonesia has downgraded the warning from“red” to “orange”, the third out of total four alert levels. The internationalairport in Bali has also been re-opened, allowing some airlines to resumeoperation in the area.

However, due to developments of Mount Agung, the embassy will continuekeep a close watch on the situation. It recommended Vietnamese tourists not tovisit Bali until the Indonesian Government downgrades the alert level.

The embassy has alsoassigned officials to operate the hotline and make plans to send officials andvehicles to assist the Vietnamese citizens in Bali in case the volcano re-erupts.

According to estimations of the Bali hotel association, about 800-1,200Vietnamese tourists visit the island each month.-VNA

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