Despite Mt. Agung Current Condition, Bali is Safe and Conducive
Denpasar, Bali: Governor of Bali I Made Mangku Pastika reaffirmed that Bali condition as a tourist destination is very safe and conducive. Even if the Mount Agung erupts, it will only have a direct impact on 28 villages or on villages with a radius of 12 km from the summit crater of Mount Agung. Tourism destinations such as Nusa Dua, Kuta, Sanur, Ubud and other tourist destinations are far away (tens of km) from the location of Mount Agung. „Bali is in safe condition. French citizens please come on holiday to Bali. Do not worry,“ he concluded.
The increased status of Mount Agung to level IV (alert) is not only getting national attention but also international one. French Ambassador Jean-Charles Berthonnet expressed this statement when meeting Governor Pastika of Bali at Governor’s Working Room on Friday (6/10).
Ambassador Berthonnet specifically gave attention to the current condition of the highest mountain activity in Bali and the Government’s readiness to cope with internally displaced persons(IDPs) and also to mitigate if Mount Agung erupts.
While expressing his appreciation to international society, Pastika shared the current development based on the report from the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG).
He further explained that the shallow volcanic activity from Mount Agung is on the decline. It is expected that this activity will decline continuously so that the eruption will not occur. He always receives updates from volcanologists who continue to monitor the condition of Mount Agung using modern equipment.
„Should the eruption occurs, the Government is ready to face various possibilities, we have prepared a contingency plan for the worst situation if Mount Agung finally erupts,“ he added.
He added that if the volcanic ash from Mount Agung causes the Ngurah Rai International Airport to close, then the Government will facilitate and accommodate the tourists who will return to the nearest airport such as through the Airport in Surabaya or Lombok.
The Government has also developed plan for mitigation and better coordination not only in case of transportation, but also in case of telecommunication and electricity.
„There’s nothing to worry about. The current conditions are much better prepared than at the time of the 1963 eruption. Everything is well prepared. District Government, Bali Province always synergizes and cooperates. The attention of the central government to Bali is also extremely well,“ he said.
On the IDPs issues, Pastika explained that they are satisfied and their logistic readiness is sufficient. The participation and care of the Balinese in helping the IDPs deserve appreciation. Now the communities in the Disaster Prone Areas have been evacuated.
In the future the IDPs will be reorganized so that they can stay in Banjar or Wantilan Hall and no longer live in the tents to ensure the health, education and logistics of the refugees well.
Pastika said that Bali condition as a tourist destination is very safe and conducive. Even if the Mount Agung erupts, it will only have a direct impact on 28 villages or on villages with a radius of 12 km from the summit crater of Mount Agung. Tourism destinations such as Nusa Dua, Kuta, Sanur, Ubud and other tourist destinations are far away (tens of km) from the location of Mount Agung.
In responding to Pastika’s explanation, Ambassador Berthonnet expressed his appreciation upon all emergency measures have been made by Bali Provincial Government. He believed the Government must have prepared everything as best as possible if Mount Agung finally erupts.
At the end of his visit, the French Ambassador hoping that the relations between the two countries will be closer and in the future his party will be always ready to coordinate and to cooperate in various sectors and making support one to each other. (source: Pemprov Bali/Dit.Infomed, photo: balibisnis.com, http://kemlu.go.id/en/berita/berita-perwakilan/Pages/Despite-Mt.-Agung-current-condition,-Bali-is-Safe-and-Conducive.aspx)
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