1000’s flee DR Congo volcano for neighbouring Rwanda

Mount Nyiragongo near Goma

2021-05-23 08:38:45

Mount Nyiragongo near Goma
Volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo close to Goma, within the Democratic Republic of Congo Could 22, 2021.
Picture Credit score: Reuters

Kigali: At the least 3,000 individuals have fled an jap metropolis within the Democratic Republic of Congo for Rwanda on Sunday after the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo.

The federal government ordered an evacuation after the volcano, which overlooks the regional capital metropolis Goma, started erupting Saturday.

“At the least 3,000 individuals from Goma, in DRC, have already crossed to Rwanda,” the general public broadcaster the Rwanda Broadcast Company tweeted citing the newest figures from Rwanda immigration authorities on the Rwanda-DRC border.

The account additionally tweeted pictures of individuals arriving in Rubavu district in Rwanda, including that they’d be “accommodated in faculties and locations of worship which were made prepared”.

Rwanda’s ambassador to the DR Congo Vincent Karega tweeted that “the borders are open and our neighbours are being welcomed peacefully”.

The lava reached the DRC metropolis’s airport early Sunday, with an official from Virunga Nationwide Park – the place the volcano is situated – telling his employees: “the state of affairs is deteriorating”.

Earlier, because the volcano started lighting up a scent of sulfur pervaded Goma metropolis on the shores of Lake Kivu, based on an AFP correspondent.

The regional capital of North Kivu, Goma has almost 600,000 inhabitants, unfold throughout 12 districts.

The authorities’ evacuation plan anticipates that two-thirds of them will go to Rwanda.

The earlier main eruption of Nyiragongo dates again to January 17, 2002, and killed greater than 100 individuals, overlaying nearly your entire jap a part of Goma with lava, together with half of the airport runway.

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