Bali’s Rumbling Volcano Desperates Tourists,- Bali’s main airport has been closed for the second day due to the threat from volcanic ash. Mount Agung in the northeast of the island about 70 km from the airport, has continued erupting on Tuesday (Nov 28), sending plumes of smoke and ash about 3,000m above the crater. Its explosions can be heard about 12 km away.

Volcanic ash poses a deadly threat to aircraft, and ash from Mount Agung is moving towards the airport. A spokesman from Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency said the airport closure is in effect until 7am on Wednesday. He said the airport on neighboring Lombok has reopened after being closed on Monday night. More than 400 flights were cancelled and nearly 60,000 passengers were stranded on Monday on the first day of its closure.

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In Singapore, flights to Bali on several airlines, including Singapore Airlines and AirAsia, also remained cancelled. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has issued its second travel advisory in a week urging Singaporeans to defer travel plans to Bali until the situation improves. It also advised Singaporeans in the affected areas to inform their family and friends of their whereabouts, as well as to e-Register at its portal so that it could contact them if the need arises.