• Monthly Archives: November 2017

    GUNUNG AGUNG UPDATE: Ngurah Rai Airport Safe from Volcanic Dust Distribution, Airport Authority Opens

    The atmosphere at Ngurah Rai airport, Tuesday, 28/11/2017

    Denpasar – International Airport Operation I Gusti Ngurah Rai will open at 15:00 Wita Wednesday (11/29/2017) afternoon, this conclusion is obtained from the results of the joint meeting of airport community evaluation held at the Emergency Building Operation Center (EOC).

    Head of Airport Authority Region IV Bali Nusa, Herson said the opening of operational Airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai based of several things to note.

    “Airspace or air space at the airport is now no vulcanic ash so it is safe for air traffic and VONA status is now down to ORANGE so consideration,” he explained via short message.

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    Tauzia Hotels Responds to Erupting Volcanoes

    Indonesian Hotel Group – Tauzia – Provides Free Rooms to Guests Should they be Stranded in Bali Volcanic Ash

    (11/26/2017)

    With Bali’s volcanic Mount Agung continuing to rumble and undergo periodic eruptions, tourists continue to travel to Bali.

    If should a an eruption of Mount Agung result in the closure of Bali’s main aiport, the Tauzia Hotel Group in Bali will provide free-of-charge extended stays for their guests affected by any airport closure.

    Tauzia Hotels operates a number of brands in Indonesia including Harris Vertu, Harris, Fox Harris, Yello, and Pop!

    Irene Janti, the Chief Marketing Office of Tauzia Hotels, told Kompas.com: “We are providing this facility in order that people continue to travel to Bali and in support of the #visitbali campaign.”

    If Bali visitors are staying at a Tauzia Hotel when the airport is closed by a volcano, guests will be allowed to continue their stay without charge until the airport reopens.

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    Bali Mount Agung relief efforts: What’s being done, how to help

    Bali’s Mount Agung volcano has been erupting since last week, but thousands of evacuees have been in serious need of assistance for weeks. 

    While the volcano’s ash spewing has been a headache for tourists stranded on the resort island, the eruption has forced tens of thousands of local residents to evacuate, putting their health and livelihoods in the balance.

    Evacuation centers have been filling up on the island as the exclusion zone expanded to a radius of eight to 10 kilometers from the Agung crater when the volcano’s alert status was upgraded to the highest level on Monday.

    Some 40,000 people are said to have abandoned their homes in the red zone, but disaster agency officials estimate as many as 100,000 will likely be forced to flee.

    By far one of the most organized, concentrated non-governmental relief operations is a joint effort by local NGOs and community figures, coordinated by Kopernik, IDEP Foundation, Bumi Sehat, Rio Helmi, Rucina Ballinger, and parents from the Green School.

    Simply going by the name Mount Agung Relief, the community-led effort is raising funds and providing supplies and immediate support needed on the ground. Mount Agung Relief lists the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), which has been responsible for setting up and managing the evacuation centers, as its local partner.

    And because of the situations ever-changing nature, the focus is currently using funds raised to distribute proper N95 respirator masks, needed as falling ash can be acidic and cause irritation to the eyes, skin, and lungs.

    Though in the next couple of days, the situation could easily change and the focus could change with it.

    “Due to the evolving nature of this emergency, we are currently responding to meet the immediate needs of the evacuees. While the N95 respirator masks are the priority today, this may change in the next couple of days,” Vanesha Manuturi, Kopernik Digital Content Officer told Coconuts Bali in an email.

    Over the past couple of months, since we’ve seen the volcano’s status go up to the highest alert level on Sept. 22, then back down on Oct. 29 (and now back up again), Mount Agung Relief has been active.

    The effort has built 26 toilets across 20 evacuation points and delivered more than 40 truckloads to the evacuation points, carrying critical supplies, including blankets, mats, diapers, medical supplies, 485 water filters, solar lights, clothing, stoves, food and formula and much more.

    “We’ve also distributed 20,000 N95 masks, including special children’s masks,” Manutur said.

    Moreover, the relief effort has supporting the well-being of 60 cows—a big issue as evacuating farmers had been forced to leave their livestock behind, unattended in the danger zone, unable to bring them to evacuation centers.

    Efforts have also focused on disaster preparedness and education, says Manuturi.

    “We also facilitated the trips of 2 volcano/community disaster response experts and trained more than 700 community leaders in evacuation and emergency preparedness.”

    Donations can be made directly to Mount Agung Relief through Kopernik’s website, which showed that $17,938.50 had been raised in their “phase four” emergency response, as of Wednesday evening.

    Making a donation is the most impactful way to help the relief effort, which says on its Facebook page that it is unable to accept or coordinate volunteers at this time—though they say they will post an update if any changes about the type of assistance needed come about.

    There are four different drop-off points, however, where Mount Agung Relief is accepting donated goods and food:

    Mount Agung Relief

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/bali-mount-agung-relief-efforts-whats-done-help/
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    Ngurah Rai Airport is Still Close, AP I Use For Improvement

    DENPASAR- Extension of the closure of Airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai Bali used by PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) to mengoptomalisasi repair and maintenance work of water side area. This is done along with the ongoing service to the passengers of the aircraft affected by the airport closure due to the eruption of Mount Agung.

    “Outside of regular scheduled maintenance work, to take advantage of the airport’s operational closure status due to the eruption of Gunung Agung, the management of I Gusti Ngurah Rai Bali Airport also performs non-routine jobs such as apron improvements that have reached 90% and water channel grill , “Said Corporate Secretary of PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) Israwadi through a press release on Wednesday (29/11/2017).

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    GUNUNG AGUNG UPDATE: Ngurah Rai Airport Closed Extended Until Thursday

    Result of the evaluation meeting of Mount Agung eruption by the community of Airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai led by the Head of Airport Authority Region IV Bali Nusa Tenggara at 01.00 Wita, Wednesday (29/11/2017).

    Denpasar – The closure of Ngurah Rai Airport, Badung, Bali extended until Thursday (30/11/2017) at 07.00 Wita. The extension of the airport closure was based on the evaluation meeting of Mount Agung eruption by the community of Airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai led by the Head of Airport Authority Region IV Bali Nusa Tenggara at 01.00 Wita, Wednesday (29/11/2017).

    Head of Public Relations Ngurah Rai Airport, Arie Ahsanurrohim said meteorological monitoring is significant enough to determine the decision to extend the closure of Ngurah Rai Airport. “Observations from Darwin’s Vulcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) show volcanic ash from Mount Agung has reached an altitude of 25,000 feet, moving south-southwest and still leading to I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport,” Arie said.

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    Mount Agung Heats Up

    (11/25/2017)

    Mount Agung entered a new phase of increased volcanic activity starting late on the afternoon of Saturday, November 25, 2017, and continued through following Sunday morning.

    The most recent explosions were magmatic in nature accompanied by explosions and fiery displays presumed to be caused by magma. This is a change from just a few days earlier when the eruptions were characterized as phreatic – comprised mostly of steam. The Geologic Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG) reports the ash clouds coming from the volcano displays a bright red lighting effects signifying super-hot magma and lava are now present in the crater.

    Monitoring posts surrounding the mountain and live-streaming CCTV cameras show black and grey clouds of smoke billowing from the crater to a height estimated at 3,000 meters above the peak or approximately 6,000 meters above sea level.

    Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the spokesperson for the Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, issued a statement on Sunday, November 26, 2017, confirming a continuing series of eruptions and the height of the resulting clouds of steam and volcanic dust. Sutopo said a significant increase in activity commenced at midnight with sunrise observations on Sunday revealing clouds rising to a level of 3,000 meters above Mount Agung’s peak.

    Light dustings of volcanic ash were reported from observations posts in located in the foothills of Mount Agung.

    Meanwhile, the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre report shows a pattern of ash covering an area south-southeast of the mountain over the straits between Bali and Lombok extending to the landmass of Lombok and affecting flights to a level of 22,000 feet above sea level.

    The “Siaga” Level – 3 warning for Mount Agung remains in place with officials emphasizing that the public remains safe providing they stay outside the 6-7.5 kilometer danger zone surrounding the mountain.

    Through Sunday morning, Sutopo said at least 8 international flight arrivals and 13 departures were cancelled in connection with the latest eruption affecting an estimated 2,087 passengers.

    The number of cancelled flights may grow if the mountain continues to erupt and emit clouds of volcanic ash. While planes are diverting flight paths around the cloud of ash drifting to the east of Bali, the majority of flights in and out of Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport continue to operate according to schedule.

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    Bali paradise turns to nightmare for some ‘cash-strapped’ tourists as Agung volcano erupts

    Passengers gather at the Gusti Ngurah Rai International airport in Denpasar, Bali on November 27, 2017, after flights were cancelled due to the threat of an eruption by the Mount Agung volcano. A rumbling volcano on Bali could erupt at any moment, authorities warned on November 27 as they raised alert levels to maximum, accelerated a mass evacuation and closed the main airport, leaving thousands of tourists stranded on the Indonesian resort island. Photo: Yuda A Riyanto/AFP

    Cancelled flights, missed connections and expiring visas have turned Bali into a nightmare for thousands of tourists scrambling to leave, as a volcano on the Indonesian vacation paradise threatens a major eruption.

    Hundreds of flights have been grounded as the main international airport was shuttered for a second day on Tuesday, leaving 120,000 stranded visitors in need of shelter — or an exit plan.

    Hundreds joined the mad rush to board buses headed to an international airport in Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya — 13 hours’ drive and a ferry ride away — as torrential rains dampened spirits even more in one the world’s top tourist draws.

    An imminent major eruption of Mount Agung may mean more five-star hotel living for some well-heeled visitors who are happy to sit out the minor inconvenience, but Mukesh Kumar Gupta and two-dozen members of his family aren’t going to be staying at the Four Seasons.

    “We are practically helpless — how can we get back to India?” said the Chennai-based member of the heaving 26-member clan.

    Gupta’s family — 23 adults and three kids — arrived in Bali 10 days ago from different Indian cities.

    They were all supposed to fly back Tuesday but now they say they are stuck, and nearly broke, as chaos ensued at the airport with frustrated travellers and overwhelmed staff.

    “The refund money (from the airline) won’t be enough to buy us new tickets,” another family member, Navin Saraf from Kolkata, told AFP at Bali’s main airport.

    “We booked everything online beforehand, so we don’t have much cash right now,” he added.

    Towering columns of thick grey smoke have been rising from Agung since last week, and in the last few days the volcano has begun shooting smoke and ash into the sky, forcing all flights to be grounded until at least Wednesday morning.

    Ash is dangerous for planes as it makes runways slippery and can be sucked into their engines.

    ‘Nobody’s fault’

    Agung is 75 kilometers (47 miles) from the beach-and-sandal tourist hub of Kuta, but that wasn’t making German student Alex Thamm feel much better.

    “We are supposed to go back to Germany via Singapore on (Friday) but the situation seems not good,” he said nervously.

    “Is it dangerous here? Do you think [the volcano] will explode?”

    The delays weren’t putting a smile on Juan Gajun’s face either, after he missed a connecting flight Monday.

    “We have to leave the island and we can’t. We were planning to go to Singapore but we have to stay here for I don’t know, maybe two or three days more,” said the 30-year-old Argentine.

    Colin Cavy, a French dive master who has been in Indonesia for a couple of months, had other problems.

    “I’ve just come to Bali two days ago to leave the country,” he told AFP.

    “My visa has expired…I need to go to the immigration office.”

    Meanwhile, cash-strapped Gupta and his bulging brood were weighing their options, which he lamented would not include help from India’s consulate in Bali.

    “No one can beat nature, but at least people can help,” said Gupta’s relative Abhisek Garg, who lives in Delhi.

    They might want to call inn operator I Wayan Yastina Joni, who is among the few hoteliers willing to take up an appeal by Bali’s governor and tourism agency to supply free rooms to out-of-luck visitors.

    “I don’t mind giving free accommodation for tourists I already know,” said the owner of the Pondok Denayu Homestay.

    “This is nobody’s fault. It’s a natural disaster that no one expected.”

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/bali-paradise-turns-nightmare-tourists-agung-volcano-erupts/
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    STREAMING – CCTV Monitoring Mount Agung Activities

    The location of CCTV is on Site Bukit Asah, Kab. Karangasem, BALI

    The image of Gunung Agung will be seen quite clearly in the morning to evening time (between 06:00 – 18:00 WITA) during sunny weather.

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    MOUNT AGUNG UPDATE: The closure of Ngurah Rai Airport is extended until Wednesday (29/11)

    DENPASAR-The result of the Gunung Agung eruption evaluation meeting by the airport community I Gusti Ngurah Rai Bali decided the airport’s closure will be extended to 24 hours ahead or until 07.00 hours Wednesday (29/11/2017).

    Head of Public Relations Ngurah Rai Airport Arie Ahsanurrohim said the decision was made after following up the eruption of Mount Agung at 24.00 Wita. The volcanic ash height of the eruption reached 3,000 meters.

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    MOUNT AGUNG ERUPTION: Garuda Cancel 117 Flights to Bali and Lombok Today

    Protection … Workers cover a plane engine with a plastic sheet in their attempt not to be damaged by volcanic ash at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali.

    JAKARTA – In connection with increased eruption of Mount Agung activity since 26 November 2017 and published “Notification to Airman / Notam No. A4242 / 17 closure of Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali, then all Garuda Indonesia flights from and to Bali & Lombok until today (28/11) again canceled.

    The cancellation of flights in Lombok and Bali is in line with the company’s commitment to prioritize the safety aspects of aviation operations, particularly considering the distribution of volcanic ash which is very risky to aviation safety.

    In a press release, they mentioned with the cancellation of the flight, then at least there are 117 Garuda Indonesia flights that will be canceled after the increased volcanic ash eruption of Mount Agung volcano.

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