Australia to provide humanitarian assistance to Indonesia

Jakarta - The Australian Government will provide humanitarian support for communities affected by the volcanic activity in Bali, Indonesia, according to the Australian Embassy in Jakarta on its official website on Friday.

Indonesian authorities have established an exclusion zone around Mount Agung and have evacuated at least 70 thousand local residents.

The government is contributing A$600,000 to help meet the needs of 17 thousand people who have been displaced from their homes, including the provision of clean drinking water, shelter, sanitation, and medical care. This assistance will also support farmers and workers who have lost their livelihoods.

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 enable a swift recovery for the islands people.

Australian travelers should be aware that the volcano may continue to disrupt travel plans. The Smartraveller website provides the latest advice for Australians in, or those planning travel to, Bali, and includes specific detail on Mount Agung. It recommends Australians in Bali to follow the advice of local authorities and remain outside the exclusion zone around the volcano.

Source: Antara News

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