40,000 evacuated from Bali volcano

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Around 40,000 people have been evacuated near Bali’s erupting Mount Agung volcano, but tens of thousands still need to move after an imminent large eruption warning was issued.

“We really ask people in the danger zone to evacuate immediately because there’s a potential for a bigger eruption,” said Sutopo, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB).

He told a briefing that 40,000 people had evacuated out of around 90,000-100,000 residents estimated in the 8-10km exclusion zone around Agung.

“Not all residents have evacuated yet. There are those (who haven’t evacuated) because their farm animals haven’t been evacuated yet. There are those who feel they are safe,” he said.

Sutopo added that security personnel were trying to persuade people to leave but they could be evacuated by force

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