Julie Bishop: The Australian Government will provide humanitarian support for communities affected by volcanic activity in Bali, Indonesia.

Indonesian authorities have established an exclusion zone around Mt Agung, and have evacuated at least 70,000 local residents.

The Government is contributing $600,000 to help meet the needs of 17,000 people who have been displaced from their homes, including the provision of clean drinking water, shelter, sanitation services 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 support a swift recovery for the island’s people.

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

Source: Julie Bishop MP Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website – www.dfat.gov.au