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Tourists stranded in Bali; Vanuatu island to evacuate

Bali holiday villa (Image 7 News)


Hotels and holiday villas in Bali have been flooded after being battered by 6-metre waves.


According to PerthNow, king tides have been blamed for the huge swells that hit Bali’s south and caused flooding in tourist hotspots Kuta and Sanur.


On Gili islands, tourists have been left stranded after authorities cancelled ferry services until at least Saturday, while Sanur ferry services have also been suspended.


Meanwhile, erupting Manaro volcano on the northern Vanuatu isle of Ambae looks likely to force the evacuation of the entire island after ash blanketed villages and blacked out the sky.


Day turning to night in Ambae (Image ABC Supplied - Vanuatu Red Cross)


The news marks the second time in less than a year that the island’s 11,000 residents as well as visitors will be required to flee the island.


According to the ABC, ash clouds reportedly turned day into night by blocking the sun as the volcano’s alert level was raised.


Vanuatu Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu said on Twitter the government had extended a state of emergency on the island.


Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advice for travel to Bali and Vanuatu overall remains unchanged.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 27 July 2018

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