“Mount Agung eruption IMMINENT,” says headline. Incredibly, Bali’s tourism department issued a letter today reassuring travelers.
“The island is safe except for areas around Mount Agung. We urge tourists to continue visiting,” the letter said.
However, the number of people taking shelter in tents, school gyms, and government buildings in neighboring villages has surged.
“While there are plentiful stocks of food, water, medicines, and other supplies,” the Daily Mail reports, “evacuees fear they are in for a long wait that could disrupt their livelihoods.”
Farmers are worried that lava flows could destroy their homes and farms.
“Some people aren’t leaving because they need to work and they need their livestock,” said Sean Powderly, a humanitarian worker in Bali.
“The pigs and the cows are like they’re security deposit, their bank account. If things go bad they sell their cows and pigs—a cow is worth like $AUD1,000.
According to officials, there are around 30,000 cattle within the danger zone around the volcano.
The Express says more than 130,000 have evacuated.
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