“Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia has asked some 60 Vietnamese citizens on the Indonesian island of Bali to leave dangerous areas near Mount Agung, a volcano”, according to Le Thi Thu Hang - spokeswoman of Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Until now, they basically reached safe places, she said.
Spokeswoman of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang
Responding the reporters, the spokeswoman of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed that, after receiving warnings from Indonesian authorities of the volcano’s eruption, Vietnam’s Embassy in Indonesia continuously updated about the situation via media channels, Internet and set up hotlines to receive and respond to requests from Vietnamese citizens and tourists in Bali.
Currently, Indonesia government has lowered the alert to orange color (the third among four-level alert system) and reopen the international airport at Bali.The international airport in Bali has also been re-opened, allowing some airlines to resume operation in the area.
However, the embassy still operates hot line and makes plan to send officials and vehicles to assist Vietnamese citizens in Bali in case the volcano re-erupts. The embassy has also asked for locals’ support in the work. The embassy will continue keep a close watch on the situation. It has recommended that Vietnamese nationals not visit Bali until the Indonesian government further reduces the alert level.
The Bali hotel’s association estimates that about 800-1,200 Vietnamese tourists visit the island each month.