Evacuations from Indonesian volcano approach 50,000

A view of Mount Agung, a volcano on the highest alert level, from Karangasem Regency, on the resort island of Bali, Indonesia, September 24, 2017. (Reuters photo)

BALI: Nearly 50,000 people have fled the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing an imminent eruption.

Waskita Sutadewa, spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency in Bali, said Monday that people have scattered to all corners of the island and some have crossed to the neighbouring island of Lombok.

The volcano’s alert status was raised to the highest level on Friday following a dramatic increase in seismic activity.

It last erupted in 1963, killing about 1,100 people.

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