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Indonesia closes five airports due to volcanic eruption

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Due to the ash clouds from a volcanic eruption, Indonesia has closed its five airports.

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The Mount Raung is one of the tallest volcanos on the island in Indonesia.
More than 250 flights were canceled or rescheduled and thousands of passengers were stranded at DPS Bali, LO Lombok, JBB Jember and BWX Banyuwangi airports.

Garuda airline of Indonesia, AirAsia, Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Jetstar, Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and Malaysia Airlines have canceled their flights.

For more than a week, Mount Raung in East Java has been spewing ash.

The Mount Raung of around 3300 meter height from the sea level is one of the tallest volcanos on the island in Indonesia. A warning was issued late in June when the volcano started ejecting ash, however authorities said no evacuation is required at the region.

Bali in Indonesia has been a favorite tourist spot for foreigners for its serene beaches. Bali is in its peak season due to Ramadan and school holidays.

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