Hundreds of dead birds seen near Bali volcano as nearly 50,000 people flee danger zone

Australian airlines are closely monitoring Bali's biggest volcano, which is expected to erupt any day.

Hundreds of dead birds have been filmed around Mount Agung as the intensity and frequency of tremors near the volcano increase.

Nearly 50,000 people have fled their homes, seeking shelter in squalid evacuation centres.

Dead birds have been filmed around Mount Agung. Source: 7 News
Dead birds have been filmed around Mount Agung. Source: 7 News

The threat isn't affecting popular tourist areas such as Kuta and Seminyak, which are outside the danger zones.

Mount Agung is about 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, and has been rumbling since August, threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years.

Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said Monday 48,540 people had fled, although the number was expected to rise because more than 60,000 people lived in the danger zone.

"There are still people who don't want to be evacuated,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency, said at a press conference.

Mount Agung could erupt any day. Source: AAP
Mount Agung could erupt any day. Source: AAP
There are hundreds of dead birds around the volcano. Source: 7 News
There are hundreds of dead birds around the volcano. Source: 7 News

"The reason is firstly, the mountain hasn't erupted yet. Secondly, they are worried about their livestock."

Officials announced the highest possible alert level on Friday following the increasing volcanic activity, and told people to stay at least nine kilometres away from the crater.

Evacuees have packed into temporary shelters or moved in with relatives.

Some 2,000 cows have been also evacuated from the flanks of the volcano.

Thousands are continuing to evacuate the area. Source: AAP
Thousands are continuing to evacuate the area. Source: AAP

Nengah Satiya, who left home with his wife three days ago, said he had been returning to the danger zone to tend to his pigs and chickens.

"There are many livestock in our village but nobody is taking them,” Nengah Satiya told AFP. “We take turns going back to feed them.”

The airport in Bali's capital Denpasar, through which millions of foreign tourists pass every year, has not been affected.

More than 1,000 people died when Mount Agung last erupted in 1963.

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