Congo volcano left smoldering wreckage, but most of the major cities survived

Congo’s Nyiragongo mountain released lava and destroyed houses on the outskirts of Goma, but witnesses said on Sunday that thousands of people had survived the volcano’s eruption and thousands had fled due to panic.

Residents said there was little warning before the dark sky turned hot red, leading to fears that the volcanic eruption could cause a disaster similar to the last time in 2002, when hundreds of people died. There is no official information on how many people may have been killed in the battle for fleeing the city on Saturday and Saturday.

The United Nations peacekeeping mission has stated that according to reconnaissance flights, lava does not seem to flow to Goma, but thousands of people are still looking for safety.

Some boarded a boat to Lake Kivu, while others tried to reach the highest altitude of Mount Goma. Immigration officials said at least 3,000 people fled the nearby border into Rwanda. When people tried to leave, traffic in certain areas of Goma came to a stalemate.

On Sunday, residents ventured out to assess the damage after a night of panic. In the Boone area near the city, thick smoke filled with smoke.

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The red light of Mount Nyiragongo illuminates the night sky above the city of Goma, and thousands of residents with mattresses and other items fled the city. 0:57

When the sun rises, smoldering black gas can be seen where the lava has cooled to rubble. At some point, it reached three stories high and even swallowed large buildings.

Innocent Bahala Shamavu said: “We have seen the loss of almost the entire community.” “All the houses near Buhenay have been burned down, which is why we require all provincial and national authorities, as well as all partners, All sincere people in the world, come to help this population.”

Earlier on Sunday, residents inspected the damage caused by the overnight eruption of Nyiragongo Mountain in Buenni, a suburb of Goma. (Justin Cabumba/Associated Press)

Elsewhere, witnesses claimed that lava engulfed a highway connecting Goma and Beni. However, when lava flowed into the runway, the airport did not seem to suffer the same fate as in 2002.

Goma is the regional hub for many humanitarian agencies in the region and the United Nations peacekeeping mission (known as MONUSCO). Although Goma is home to many UN peacekeepers and aid workers, many areas around eastern Congo are threatened by countless armed groups competing for control of mineral resources in the area.

Early on Sunday, residents stood beside destroyed buildings and smoldering soot on the outskirts of Goma. (Ze Ze Moze/AFP/Getty Images)

The volcanic eruption in Nyiragongo in 2002 killed 250 people and made 120,000 homeless. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is considered one of the most dangerous. Saturday’s volcanic eruption appeared to be caused by the opening of a crack on the side of the volcano, with lava flowing in all directions.

Experts worry that the volcanic activity observed in Nyiragongo in the past five years is consistent with the situation in the years before the eruption in 1977 and 2002.

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