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Disaster Area Status Lifted For Mount Agung Volcano


Bali News: Bali, Indonesia, Mount Agung, Joko Widodo, Disaster Status
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(12/24/2017)

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has revoked the Emergency Disaster Status for Mount Agung.

As reported by Metrobali.com, the “disaster status” for the  Mount Agung Volcano was nullified by the President in a Presidential Cabinet meeting held in Sanur, Bali on Friday, December 22, 2017. Following the meeting, Widodo declared that the emergency declaration in connection with Mt. Agung was no longer necessary and therefore no longer in effect.

Despite the revocation of the disaster status, President Joko Widodo assured that those who have evacuated the exclusion zone located within a 10-12 kilometer radius of Mount Agung will continue to receive assistance from the Government. “The evacuees will continue to receive good treatment. The (emergency) processes in connection with Mount Agung will come into play if there is an eruption; management steps for evacuation are in readiness. Safety remains the top priority,” explained the President.

Separately, President Joko Widodo affirmed that the Mount Agung Volcano remains at the highest alert status of “Level IV - Awas” with an exclusion zone measuring 8-10 kilometers surrounding the Mountain.

In what appeared to be a correction of recent injudicious statements by a Cabinet Minister suggesting areas outside the exclusion zone were at a “Level II – Waspada” alert level, President Widodo said that the whole of Bali was not under any alert status, but only the small area surrounding the Mount Agung volcano.

While calling on the media to present Bali in a positive light, President Joko Widodo said: “Earlier, we saw that Kuta Beach was very busy with visiting tourists. Later, we went to local cafes that were also busy.”

The President traveled with his Cabinet to Bali to demonstrate to holidaymakers that Bali remains safe and to help Bali resume efforts to meet targeted tourist numbers.


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