The latest on the deadly Indonesia volcano eruption article Indonesia has banned travel to Bintan, a popular tourist resort on the island of Bali, citing an increase in volcanic activity.
The island’s prime minister has said the island is under an “emergency” and the government has issued a travel ban for all but essential items.
The Indonesian island of Java has also imposed a travel restriction on all but essentials.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo also ordered the island’s civil aviation authority to begin limiting flights to Binjan as early as Thursday, in an apparent move to prevent the spread of the volcano.
A local tourist posted the ban on Twitter on Thursday, saying: “Im afraid that Binjani has now entered an emergency mode.
I have been ordered to leave all my bags, even my sleeping bag.
All other essentials will be returned.”
The travel ban was imposed in an effort to quell the spread and containment of the Mount Pinatubo volcano, which erupted last week, killing more than 3,000 people and causing widespread destruction.
A second eruption, Mount Yala, is expected to hit the capital, Jakarta, on Friday.
Indonesian state-run news agency Antara quoted President Widodo as saying that a new order was being prepared that would ensure that all essentials would be returned to Bina.
“We will make sure that we do everything possible to avoid the spread,” he was quoted as saying by the agency.
Binjun is located about 70 kilometers (45 miles) east of Jakarta, and has been a popular destination for tourists from all over the world.
The popular island resort was evacuated last week due to a large ash cloud and smoke rising from the volcano, though the eruption itself was not felt.
According to reports, the ash cloud was seen as far away as New York.
The eruption forced the closure of the entire Bintans main tourist airport, but some local residents were still allowed to fly to the capital.
It is unclear how many people have been evacuated to Bincan.