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    Bali Governor Urges Those from ‘Safe Villages’ Staying in Evacuee Camps to Rent a Hotel Room


    RadarBali.com reports that there are indications that Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika’s patience may be at an end with evacuees who fled villages not under threat from a Mt. Agung eruption.

    During an emergency coordination meeting for responders and experts on the continuing volcano alert for Mount Agung held at the Tanah Ampo Port in Karangasem on Friday, September 29, 2017, the Governor complained that residents from 51 villages considered outside the “danger zone” have also joined the exodus to temporary camps. This overreaction has put an unnecessary strain on efforts to meet the needs of those who have taken refuge from villages officially considered to be under threat from any potential eruption.

    Expressing his frustration and urging people not from villages under threat to leave the temporary camps, Pastika said: “If the residents of the 51 safe villages don’t want to return to their homes in Karangasem, that’s not a problem. If they feel they have friends in Denpasar (where they can stay) then that’s all right. The rich ones should feel free to rent a hotel room. Go ahead, it’s not a problem.”

    To the residents of the 27 villages officially declared at threat the Governor urged then, rich or poor, to remain in the temporary camps. “No one forced them to become evacuees. Many who have the money have contracted a house in Denpasar. The main point is we are only helping the evacuees who need our financial help,” said Pastika.

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