THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advised Filipinos living in or travelling to Bali in Indonesia to exercise caution in the light of increased volcanic activity in Mount Agung.
The Philippine embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia advised Filipinos traveling to or residing in Bali to remain vigilant as the volcano on the tourist island continues to rumble.
The volcano has been showing increasing activity in the past two weeks after half a century of dormancy. On the surface, a low emission of white smoke above the volcano is visible.
The alert level is at 4, the second highest on the scale. People in local villages could experience the danger of flying rocks, volcanic gases and acid rain, the statement added.
Australia had responded to a request for assistance, pledging up to 20.5 million Vatu ($190,000) in "much-needed supplies like food, water, shelter and hygiene kits for affected communities on Ambae", a Vanuatu government statement said Thursday.
The exclusion zone around the mountain extends as far as 7.5 miles from the crater in places.
"It's been six days since we are here, we want to go home", said Wayan, 65, who like many Indonesians only goes by one name. "I think there are some people that either don't understand, or don't believe, or are just stubborn and don't want to go", said Kenny Peavy, an American expat who fled with his family last Friday.
As many as 134,229 people are displaced in Badung regency spread out in 15 points (5,879 people), Bangli regency 30 points (6,158 people), Buleleng regency 26 points (16,901 people), Denpasar City 51 points (11,036 people), Gianyar regency 16 points (12,084 people), Jembrana regency 29 points (420 people), Karangasem regency 122 points (49,575 people), Klungkung regency 173 dots (27,395 people), and.
There are reports even the animals have fled the mountain, which is what occurred last time Mount Agung erupted in 1963, killing 1000 people.
Balinese man watches Mount Agung volcano nearly covered with clouds as he stands at a temple in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.