After the haze in Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia is facing a new catastrophe with the eruption of Mount Rinjani in nearby Lombok Island. The volcan started to spew for now a week and ashes are disturbing traffic at both Lombok and Bali Ngurah Rai international airports.
Yesterday, Indonesia consequently decided to close Bali airport, one of its busiest international gateways with almost 700 flights being cancelled. Due to the persistent ash cloud over the region, authorities decided to let the airport closed this Thursday and will reevaluate the sitution on Friday morning.
“Tremors due to volcanic activities are continuously recorded and potential of more eruption is still high,” the meteorological agency said in a statement, reported news agency Reuters.
Tens of thousands of travelers in Bali were already stranded during peak holiday season in July when the airport was closed due to volcanic eruptions on Mount Raung, this time in East Java province.