Bali’s governor says too many people have evacuated their homes for fear of the Mount Agung volcano erupting, and tens of thousands should return, reports BBC.
I Made Mangku Pastik said those outside the immediate danger zone should go back as evacuees risked becoming a “burden” on emergency shelters.
More than 140,000 people have fled their homes after the island was put on high alert.
Hundreds of earthquakes have been detected at the base of Mount Agung.
A week after the initial warnings, authorities warned the volcano’s activity remains “high but stable”.
The 12km (7.5-mile) evacuation zone was implemented after experts warned the volcano could erupt for the first time since 1963.
About 500 makeshift shelters have been set up for about 70,000 people within this area, but tens of thousands of people living outside of the immediate danger zone have also fled.
“Only people from 27 villages must evacuate. The rest can go home,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency.
“They can either go home independently or with the help of the government,”
The Indonesian Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation continue to monitor the site, as tremors at the base continue.
Clouds of sulphuric steam have been recorded up to 200m (650ft) above the mountain’s summit.