Mass exodus as new eruption of DR Congo volcano feared

Published on The East African on 28th May 2021

Displaced residents wait to register to receive aid distributed by a local politician and businessman in Goma. PHOTO | AFP

 Tens of thousands of people have fled Goma, the capital city of the North Kivu province in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, after warnings from local officials that Mount Nyiragongo volcano may erupt again. Goma is located on the edge of Mount Nyiragongo volcano, which erupted on Saturday 22nd May and resulted in the death of 32 people. OCHA, the humanitarian agency, reported that more than 4,500 homes were destroyed as a result of the eruption and this impacted an estimated 20,000 people.

City streets in Goma are congested with citizens trying to get to Sake, a town in the eastern province of DR Congo. General Constant Ndima, the military governor of North Kivu province, has ordered the evacuation of more than 600,000 residents of Goma. Strong aftershocks of the volcano have caused city buildings to collapse.

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