Media release from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
D14 - 13 October 2002
Late on 12 October, two explosions occurred in Bali, Indonesia – at
the Sari Nightclub and near the US Consulate General. Media reports have suggested
that up to 180 people have been killed with many more injured. Given the large
number of Australians in Bali, we hold grave concerns that many Australians
may be among the casualties.
At this time we can confirm that two Australians have lost their lives. Approximately 40 Australians have been injured, 15 seriously. A large number of Australians remain missing.
Australia's Consulate-General in Bali mobilised quickly to respond to the situation and is working hard to assist distressed Australians, particularly those who are seriously injured. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has established a crisis centre to manage the Commonwealth’s response to these developments.
The Australian Defence Force is arranging for the evacuation of wounded Australians. Two C130 Hercules aircraft with medical teams are now on their way to Denpasar in Bali to assist victims.
Flights to Denpasar are continuing. Qantas has scheduled additional flights from this afternoon.
A helpline has been set up by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (from 6:30 am AEST) to assist persons to seek information concerning the safety or welfare of Australians currently visiting or residing in Bali. The helpline number is 1800 002 214 for persons calling from Australia.
Australians visitors in Bali should consider advancing their departures on available flights. In the meantime, they should stay in their hotels, avoid public places where possible, and call home to advise families of their wellbeing. Australians are advised to defer all travel to Bali until further notice.
Australians are also advised to defer all non-essential travel to other parts of Indonesia. Australians in other parts of Indonesia should exercise a high level of caution, defer all non-essential travel within Indonesia, and avoid public places where possible.
Media inquiries: Lyndall Sachs (02-6261 1555)