Nevertheless, the local authorities continue to monitor the volcanic activity very closely.
Since October 16th no seismic activity has been reported, which indicates that no eruptions are expected for now. Nonetheless, the authorities maintain the restricted zone around Mount Agung in the region of Karangasem. The villages in this area remain evacuated – despite the fact that the warning level has been lowered once again on October 30th.
Many communities along the north coast of Bali and throughout the whole island give shelter to the people from the evacuated restriction zone – partly within family households, partly in evacuation camps. It’s amazing to see the natural solidarity of the whole population. There still is a shelter for evacuees in the village of Bondalem near our place. The Bali Mandala with its guests and our local school project was able to assist with monetary donations and aid supplies. Especially impressive was an afternoon visit of our school project, during which the evacuated children engaged in singing and crafting.
Fortunately, most of the evacuees could return to their villages for the most important Balinese holiday, the so-called “Galungan” celebration.
Note: In this regard we would like to point out that the Bali Mandala is far outside of the danger zone. No one is at risk in Bali due to the well-organized restriction zone around Mount Agung. Round trips throughout the island are not affected by the evacuation measures, except for the immediate surroundings of the “Mountain of the Gods”.