The Democratic Republic of Congo volcano eruption leaves a death toll and a path of devastation in its wake.
Mount Nyiragongo’s eruption killed at least 15 people, drove 30,000 people from Goma, and burned more than 500 houses. Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) erupted for the first time in nearly two decades, bringing lava down the hillside into the eastern city of Goma and causing thousands of people to flee.
On Saturday, as the red glow of Mount Nyiragongo tinged the night sky over the lakeside city of around two million people, Goma residents holding mattresses and other belongings fled the city on foot – mostly towards the Rwandan border.
The last eruption of Nyiragongo in 2002 killed 250 people and displaced 120,000 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and is regarded as one of the most dangerous.
According to Rwanda’s emergency response ministry, over 3,500 Congolese have crossed the border. According to Rwandan state media, they will be housed in schools and houses of worship.
Volcano observers have been concerned that the volcanic activity detected at Nyiragongo in the last five years matches that observed in the years preceding the eruptions in 1977 and 2002.
LISTEN: Mount Nyiragongo Volcano erupts in DR Congo (Audio courtesy of Al Jazeera)
Pray for my hometown Goma , DRC💔 We experienced a volcano eruption in 2002 , we lost everything and many people. I am watching the videos and images of this new eruption happening right now …it’s really breaking my heart 💔Please keep my people in your prayers 🙏🏾
— TRESOR RIZIKI (@tresorofficial) May 22, 2021
— Mwamvita Makamba (@Makambas) May 22, 2021
Mt. Nyiragongo Volcano has spitted fire again it is an active stratovolcano with an elevation of 3,470M within the Albertine Rift. It is located inside Virunga National Park, in the DRC, about 20km north of the town of Goma n L. Kivu n west of the border with Rwanda pic.twitter.com/yEwm2QXQNy
— Noel Ikwap 🇺🇬 (@noelikwap) May 22, 2021
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