Denpasar – Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika gave a direct explanation to all the Consul General of foreign countries in Bali related to the status of Mount Agung and what the government has done to the condition.
Pastika said that foreign citizens who will visit Bali should not worry about the activities of Mount Agung. There are several reasons underlying this statement, first if Mount Agung erupts only 28 villages surrounding the mountain that will be affected. The government, had secured a radius of 12 km from Mount Agung.
“Even those in the Candidasa area do not have to worry because it is in a safe area,” he said in the Praja Sabha Meeting Room, Bali Governor’s Office, Wednesday (4/10). So for tourists who are outside the 28 villages, especially in Nusa Dua or Kuta will certainly be safe.
Pastika added that currently the volcanic activity of Mt. Agung is declining and is expected to continue to decline and not erupt. If there were an eruption, the government already has a Disaster Management Agency that ready to face various possibilities.
Bali Governor further said that the government has prepared a contigency plan if for example Ngurah Rai Airport closed. He said the government will facilitate and accommodate travelers who will return to the nearest airports such as airports in Surabaya or Lombok.
Governor Pastika reiterated that all information related to Mount Agung refers to an authorized official source. He said a lot of information that is not true about Mount Agung on the internet. He also asked that foreign countries not to worry about the condition of Bali. “If any country has issued a travel warning, I hope it can be revoked immediately,” he said.
News&photo Source: Humas Pemprov Bali