This Saturday, bodies of seven other people were found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with 22 deaths due to the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano. The lava did not reach the city of Goma, one of the most populous in the east of the country, despite reports of more than 25,000 displaced people and more than 170 missing children.
The Goma Volcano Observatory has reported recent deaths related to attempts to cross the lava that cut the Goma-Rutshuru highway.
“The volcano is still active, the lava layers are still active, the population shouldn’t step on it. The road to Kibati is cut 1,000 meters by lava, there are seven people who died trying to cross the lava.” said the agency. Quoted from the Congolese news portal Actualité.
The death toll could rise as suffocation cases have been reported in the Nyiragongo area, according to the same source. “There have been reports of deaths from gas asphyxiation near Mujoga, a hill. Unfortunately there was a crack that exhaled gas and they choked. There are four people in Buhene,” the organization said.
On Sunday, government spokesman Patrick Muyaya reported a preliminary death toll of 15, including nine in a traffic accident during the evacuation. Two more were burned in Buhene.
On the other hand, the NGO World Vision, in collaboration with other organizations, has announced the start of a mission to assess the effects of the outbreak and determine the nature and extent of the response.
World Vision’s security teams in Goma and Kinshasa remain in close contact with officials at the Goma Volcano Observatory, as well as teams from the United Nations and other governments who are closely monitoring the situation.
“Urgent humanitarian aid includes, among other things, the provision of food, hygiene kits, water and emergency shelter. We remain committed to serving and protecting the most vulnerable children, those most affected by natural disasters,” said the director of World Vision Rwanda Sean Kerrigan.