(Updates - 1700, 13 October 2002)
Local media sources are now confirming a total of 182 dead as the result of a car bar that exploded shortly after 11:00 p.m. on Saturday night, October 13. That bomb destroyed a popular night spot - The Sari Club and numerous other Kuta businesses. Authorities fear that number will grow with local hospitals reporting at least 15 people on the critically injured list from among the many people who suffered injuries.
The explosion occurred in an area bordered by Sari's Club and the nearby Padi's restaurant. Both establishments suffered massive damage and a fire still burning into the following morning, threatening area business and residences among the tightly packed construction of shops and night spots.
Second Blast Reported
Following reports of the explosion in Kuta's night time entertainment area, a second, seemingly simultaneous, explosion was reported by tempo.co.id in a residential area on the outskirts of Denpasar's Niti Mandala area in Renon.
That explosion took place approximately 100 meters to the south of the American Consulate on Jalan Hayam Wuruk.
Details remain sketchy with police still on the scene, but local residents report two loud blasts that destroyed a number of trees and caused damage to a local street side rain drain.
Initial reports are that no injuries occurred in connection with the second blast.
Blood Donations Needed
balidiscovery.com has been contacted by authorities at the island's General Hospital and asked to spread an appeal for urgently needed blood donations. In particular short supply are all types of negative blood (i.e. A negative, B negative, O negative, and Rh negative). Those able to donate blood are asked to report immediately to the Blood Transfusion Unit at the R.S.U.P. (General Hospital) Sanglah.
Notice to Australian, Canadian and New Zealand Citizens
The Australian Consulate General Office will be open from 08:00 a.m. on Sunday,October 21, 2002.
The Consulate has asked local hotels to assist by faxing a list of any missing Australian, New Zealand, or Canadian hotel guests to 62-(0)361- 231990.
The Public is asked to refrain from calling the Australian Consulate General except in cases of genuine emergency.
For Australian Citizens a 24 hour crisis centre is in operation in Australia at 1300 555 135.
Highest Security Alert
Police and military authorities have declared a siaga satu state of security for the island with police undertaking searches of vehicles using the island's roads and the intoduction of high levels of control and surveillance at all ports of entry and the island's sole airport.
More details at balidiscovery.com as they become available.
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