Asia Briefs: Over 34,000 flee rumbling Bali volcano

Over 34,000 flee rumbling Bali volcano

DENPASAR • More than 34,000 people have fled from a rumbling volcano on the Indonesian resort island of Bali as the magnitude of tremors grows, prompting fears it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years, an official said yesterday.

Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said the number of people fleeing their homes surrounding the volcano had tripled since Friday amid growing alarm that Mount Agung could erupt at any moment. The volcano has been rumbling since August.


4.3kg panel falls from plane, slams into car

TOKYO • A panel weighing 4.3kg fell from a plane shortly after take-off from a Japanese airport and smashed the window of a car being driven below, news reports and the airline said yesterday.

No one was injured but the aviation authorities will send safety inspectors to the city of Osaka to investigate, said broadcaster NHK.

The panel fell on the vehicle shortly after the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 777, with 321 passengers on board, took off from Kansai International Airport bound for Amsterdam on Saturday.


Six Filipinos held for illegal entry into Sabah

KOTA KINABALU• Malaysia's marine police have detained six Filipinos who were trying to slip into Sandakan in Sabah from the southern Philippines.

The six suspects, aged between 16 and 45, were from Basilan, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf militant group led by Isnilon Hapilon.

Last week, police said they had detained seven Filipinos - suspected of involvement with the Abu Sayyaf - who were working as security guards in Kuala Lumpur after slipping in via Sabah.


KL seeks info on those heading for beer fest

KUALA LUMPUR • The Immigration Department is working with the police and the Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to obtain information about individuals who could be entering Malaysia for a beer festival and gay party, said Immigration Department director-general Mustafar Ali.

He said the agencies were identifying the individuals and sharing information with the Immigration Department.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 25, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe