December 4, 2021

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Congo – More than 170 children are missing after a volcanic eruption in VG

The volcanic eruption in the coma in the Congo has caused great catastrophe. At least 15 people have died and several hundred have been left homeless since the volcano engulfed large areas.


On Saturday night, thousands of children and adults fled the Congolese city of Coma following reports that the Nyaragongo volcano had resurfaced. The same volcano has killed hundreds of lives in a coma in the last twenty years.

The large crowd outside the city led to panic and chaos. Congolese officials said Sunday that at least 15 people had been killed trying to escape outside the city.

Background: The huge crowd escapes after the volcano erupts

According to UNICEF, more than 170 children are missing. They are now setting up transportation centers to help children who have moved away from their families.

The red-hot volcano from Nyaragongo did not reach the city center of Coma, but reached many suburbs of the city. He writes that at least 500 houses were burned as a result of the hot volcanic eruption BBC.

The city’s airport was also partially affected by the volcanic eruption on the shores of Lake Kiev. However, the lava should not have gone to the volcanic airport itself.

When the eruption lasted a whole night until Sunday it was like this:

The pictures show children and young people going to bed on the road from dawn to dusk. On Sunday, local authorities announced that the situation around the actual volcanic eruption was under control, and even then some of the evicted residents began to return.

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They estimate that about 5,000 people have crossed the border into neighboring Rwanda, while the NDP writes that more than 2,500 people have taken refuge in the Zak region, northwest of Coma.

The state broadcaster in Rwanda announced on Sunday that many Congolese readers had begun to return home.

The last eruption of Nyaragongo was in 2002. At that time, more than a hundred people died when the eastern parts of the coma were covered in volcanic ash and ashes. Parts of the runway at the airport were also covered by lava.

The deadliest eruption was in 1977, when more than 600 people lost their lives.

There are six volcanoes in the Coma region, located in the province of North Kivu and on the border of Rwanda and Uganda, all of which are over 3,000 meters high.