Bali volcano disruption-Sheffield graduate among those stranded

A former student at The University of Sheffield may not return home this Christmas, as an erupting volcano continues to cause travel disruptions for thousands of Brits.

Katie Hill, a graduate from the University of Sheffield in 2017, said she witnessed the eruption to Jonny Bisby of JUS News.

‘Me and my friend climbed Mount Batur, which is the volcano opposite, when Agung was erupting’.

Katie is due to fly from Bali to a connection flight in Hong Kong on Saturday, and said the airline she is travelling with has not been helpful.

‘We are travelling with Cathay Pacific which only have two flights a day and up until today they have all been cancelled’.

She added how she had spoken to other travellers who have been backlogged in their flights and will not be able to travel for months.

Volcanic ash, drifting from Mount Agung in the East of the island, has even resulted in the brief closure of Bali’s main international airport, the Ngurah Rai International Airport.

The International Airport re-opened on Wednesday afternoon, but a backlash of people trying to flee the state has caused further flight delays.

The Indonesian government warned the danger has not passed for the region and a major natural disaster is still imminent. Officials re-raised the country’s alert to the highest level earlier this month to a precaution of seismic activity on the volcano.

The last time Mount Agung erupted was over 50 years ago, in 1963, which killed over 1,000 people.