Fresh volcano eruption causes Indo flight delays
Published on Aug 31, 2010
Planes diverted around Mount Sinabung...
Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung erupted for a second time yesterday, sending a huge cloud of smoke into the skies above Sumatra and causing flight delays. The volcano, which hadn’t erupted for more than 400 years before rumbling to life over the weekend, belched smoke and lava again for around 15 minutes on Monday morning, with the ash cloud rising up to 2,000 metres. Aircraft were ordered to avoid the area and travellers to North Sumatra were warned of possible delays, Channel NewsAsia reported Indonesia’s Transport Ministry spokesperson, Bambang Ervan, as saying yesterday. “It may affect fl ight traffi c to and from the province. It all depends on the direction of the wind,” Ervan was quoted saying. Several domestic flights have been cancelled due to the smoke, he added. Up to 21,000 people living in villages near Mount Sinabung have now been evacuated, and are living in temporary accommodation. One man is reported to have died from respiratory problems and authorities have advised residents to stay indoors.