The Indian Consulate in Bali has opened a help desk at the Ngurah Rai international airport for Indians who have been left stranded on the resort island after Mount Agung erupted for the first time in over a century, PTI reported on Tuesday. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said on Twitter that she was in touch with Pradeep Rawat, the country’s ambassador to Indonesia, and the consulate in Bali.
Indonesian authorities kept the airport closed for the second day on Tuesday, and raised the state of alert to its highest level.
Indonesia ordered the evacuation of 1,00,000 people living near the mountain after it began spewing ash and dark smoke up to 11,150 feet above the summit. Almost 30,000 people have already left the area since Mount Agung began erupting on Saturday, CNN reported.