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Indonesia calls Singapore's Bali travel advisory 'excessive'

JAKARTA — Indonesia said Singapore's travel advisory to avoid parts of the vacation island of Bali following a minor eruption at Mount Agung volcano was "excessive."

Indonesia calls Singapore's Bali travel advisory 'excessive'

Tourists have a drink while watching the sunset behind Mount Agung, a volcano on the highest alert level, in Amed on the resort island of Bali, Indonesia. Photo: Reuters

JAKARTA — Indonesia said Singapore's travel advisory to avoid parts of the vacation island of Bali following a minor eruption at Mount Agung volcano was "excessive."

The eruption spouted ash clouds reaching up to 700 meters above Mount Agung's crater, Indonesia's Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's volcanology agency said on its website. Neighbouring Singapore said its citizens should refrain from non-essential travel to affected areas of the island.

"It's excessive for Singapore to issue an advisory on Bali as only a radius of 6 to 7.5 kilometres around the crater of Mount Agung is considered dangerous," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency, said in a text message. "So the condition is safe. Flights are also safe."

More than 100,000 people have been cleared out from around the volcano as the government mandated an evacuation and advised against any activity within a 6-kilometre radius of the crater and up to 7.5 kilometres northeast and southeast of the crater, the agency said.

Indonesia is keeping the alert level at III, the second highest, after lowering it on Oct 29. BLOOMBERG

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