DRC’s Nyiragongo volcano eruption forces thousands evacuate to city of Goma


Mount Nyiragongo within the jap Democratic Republic of Congo erupted on Saturday, forcing 1000’s of individuals to evacuate the close by metropolis of Goma, per Reuters.

The state of play: Witnesses advised AP that lava had “engulfed” a freeway connecting Goma with the town of Beni and Reuters reviews that lava has reached an space close to Goma’s airport, on the outskirts of the town, which has a inhabitants of about 2 million.

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Goma residents go away the town following the volcanic exercise on Could 22. Photograph: Guerchom Ndebo/AFP by way of Getty Pictures

  • However the United Nations peacekeeping mission MONUSCO, which tweeted photographs from a reconnaissance flight over Goma, mentioned late Saturday: “The lava doesn’t seem like heading in direction of the town … We stay on alert.”

  • DRC authorities spokesperson Patrick Muyaya tweeted Saturday evening, “The evacuation plan for the town of Goma has been activated. The federal government is discussing pressing measures to take now.”

Context: Lava from the volcano’s final main eruption in 2002 flowed into the town, killing 250 and leaving tens of 1000’s extra homeless, in response to CNN.

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