Sydney, MINA – Australia will contribute $600,000 in humanitarian aid to communities affected by a volcanic eruption in Bali, AAP reported.
Indonesian authorities have established an exclusion zone around Mt Agung and evacuated at least 70,000 local residents.
Australian aid will help provide clean drinking water, shelter, sanitation services and medical care to 17,000 people displaced from their homes.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says farmers and workers who have lost their livelihoods will also be supported.
“Australia is a close friend of Indonesia and Bali is a popular destination for Australians. Our support will reduce the impact of this disaster and support a swift recovery for the island’s people,” Ms Bishop said on Friday.
Australian travellers have been warned the volcano may continue to disrupt travel plans, and they’ve been urged to follow the advice of local authorities and steer well clear of the exclusion zone. (T/RS5/RS1)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)