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Tourists stranded as volcanic ash cloud closes Bali airport

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By Euronews
Tourists stranded as volcanic ash cloud closes Bali airport

<p>The international airport on the holiday island of Bali closed on Wednesday, with hundreds of flights cancelled because of an ash cloud from an erupting volcano. </p> <p>It is the second day of disruption, with air travel deemed unsafe.</p> <p>Some 692 flights have been grounded, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.</p> <p>The resort island’s Ngurah Rai airport will be closed until Thursday morning and will reopen after a re-evaluation of the situation, officials said.</p> <p>Mount Rinjani on the nearby island of Lombok has been spewing ash since last weekend.</p> <p>“Tremors due to volcanic activities are continuously recorded and potential of more eruption is still high,” the meteorological agency said in a statement.</p> <p>The Indonesian island attracts millions of holidaymakers seeking a taste of paradise.</p> <p>But tens of thousands of travellers were stuck there in July when the eruption of another volcano forced the airport to close.</p> <p>The latest disruption has reportedly delayed the deportation of one of India’s most-wanted men, Rajendra Nikalje, widely known as Chhota Rajan. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Chhota Rajan not to be deported today as Bali airport remains shut <a href="https://t.co/KLNsm6mxCQ">https://t.co/KLNsm6mxCQ</a> <a href="https://t.co/bg69n28j8P">pic.twitter.com/bg69n28j8P</a></p>— Times of India (@timesofindia) <a href="https://twitter.com/timesofindia/status/661786320210018305">4 Novembre 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Facing charges in more than two dozen murder cases at home, he was arrested in Bali last week after a two-decade-long international manhunt.</p>