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More than 170 children are missing after volcanic eruptions in the Congo - VG

More than 170 children are missing after volcanic eruptions in the Congo – VG

The volcanic eruption in Goma, Congo, caused massive damage. At least 15 people died and hundreds were left homeless as lava swept through large neighborhoods.


On Saturday night, thousands of children and adults fled the Congolese city of Goma, after reports of Nyiragongo volcano returning to life. The volcano itself has claimed hundreds of lives in Goma over the past 20 years.

The large crowds outside the city caused panic and chaos. On Sunday, Congolese authorities said that at least 15 people had died trying to flee the city.

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According to UNICEF, about 150 children have been separated from their families, and the organization fears that more than 170 children are missing. They are now in full swing setting up transit centers to help children who have lost their way from their families.

The hot red lava from Nyiragongo did not reach downtown Goma, but rather many outskirts of the city. He writes that no fewer than 500 homes were burned as a result of a hot lava flow BBC.

The city’s airport was also partially hit by lava, located on the shores of Lake Kivu. However, the lava must not have reached the airport area itself.

This is what it was like when the volcanic eruption lasted for the whole night until Sunday:

The photos, from dawn until Sunday, show the children and youth who went to bed along the way. On Sunday, local authorities announced that the situation surrounding the actual volcanic eruption was under control, and even after that some of the evacuated residents began to return.

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They estimate that about 5,000 people crossed the border into neighboring Rwanda, while more than 2,500 others sought refuge in a northwestern Goma area called Sake, NTB writes.

Rwanda state radio announced on Sunday that many Congolese readers are starting to return home.

The last time Nyiragongo erupted was in 2002. At that time, more than a hundred people had died as lava and ash covered the eastern parts of Goma. Parts of the airport runway were covered in lava.

The deadliest outbreak occurred in 1977, when more than 600 people were killed.

The Goma region, located in North Kivu province and bordering Rwanda and Uganda, has six volcanoes, over 3000 meters high.