More than 9,000 people were taken to shelters at different sites in Indonesia as a result of increased volcanic activity on Mount Agung in Bali province, the National Disaster Mitigation Board (BPNP) .

“The number of refugees continues to rise,” said the head of BNPB’s public relations and information office, Sutopo Purwo Nugrobo, quoted by the Antara news agency as saying that since last Friday, at least nine thousand 421 people were transferred to the shelters.

Earthquakes of volcanic origin, which have occurred in recent days, have forced local residents to leave their homes in search of less insecure areas, the official added.

Most of the evacuated people are residents living within a radius of 6 to 7.5 kilometers around volcanoes in the north, south and southwest sectors, he said, and were moved to about 50 sites in the districts of Karangasem , Klungkung and Buleleng.

Some of the evacuees are being treated at sports stadiums and village halls, while others have taken refuge in family homes. A state of alert was declared by Mount Agung in Bali, as a result of increased volcanic activity.

Since mid-August, the volcano has seen an increase in activity, which then declined, but again is gaining strength.

Bali’s governor, Made Mangku Pastika, said the government is prepared to handle any kind of eventuality in the event of a possible eruption, while maintaining evacuation sites, refugee camps and various security measures.

“We are in a position to confirm to the citizens of Bali and internationally that we are ready to face even the worst, even when we pray that this will never happen,” the governor reaffirmed.

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