Standing majestically 3,031 meters above sea level in Karangasem, Mount Agung is the highest mountain in this island of gods. It is one of active volcanoes in Indonesia whose beauty is just too irresistible for hikers from all around the world. Reaching the summit would allow you to stand and be above the clouds. When the weather is clear, you could see (with you bare eyes) Mount Rinjani and our neighbour island, Lombok.
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The locals believe that Mount Agung is the abode of gods and thus, known to be one of the most sacred mountains in Bali. A popular Balinese temple is also located on this mountain – Pura Besakih. Also known to be ‘the mother of temples’, the temple complex is always crowded with locals bringing their offerings during Balinese celebrations which requires them to conquer hundreds of steps before reaching the main gate at the top.
At the moment, many eyes in the world are on Mount Agung. News, tourism industry and social media are all talking about this mighty mountain. After more than 50 years, Mount Agung is now back actively showing signs that it might be about to erupt again. Due to this, several countries have released travel warning to their citizens who plan or are going to Bali.
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In March 1963, Mount Agung erupted and killed over 1,000 people and destroyed villages. Its ashes affected as far as the capital city, Jakarta.
Many locals who live nearby the mountain have now been evacuated. Some of them chose to leave the island and move to Lombok for safety. The number of people evacuated up to now reached 75,000 (via BBC.com). Foods, water, clothes and other daily needs become scarce things for them. Children could not study as usual, shops are closed and homes are left. Nothing is certain in this kind of situation.
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BaliGo would like to invite you to participate and show your sympathy to our brothers and sisters in the impacted areas. One of social organisation working for Mount Agung is KitaBisa.com. Go to their website to donate and find out what supplies they need the most.
One click could change many people’s life. Let’s send our thoughts and prayers for all the refuges and, of course, our beloved island, Bali.