DR CONGO: New Volcano Displaces Thousands More

DR CONGO: New Volcano Displaces Thousands More

The roads out of eastern DR Congo is filled with tens of thousands of people finding a way out as a another volcano eruption from Mount Nyiragongo threatens to claim more lives.

Out of kilometers of a traffic jam is Sergees Nguru:

“The most important thing right now is to get my family to safety. We don’t know what can happen with the volcano. We are also told that there is a probability of a gas explosion. We have to run away from all these possibilities for the moment,” Nguru said while fleeing Goma, his hometown but now a threat.

The Congolese government has ordered the people to evacuate to a safe region. Nature has forced Goma dwellers to find a new home. It’s a story of lava flowing swiftly from Nyiragongo’s pen leaving people with pain and confusion.

The southern region is flooded with people and their belongings. And according to UN, about 5,000 may end up without a roof above their heads.

Coming from General Constant Ndima, the military governor of North Kivu, authorities have arranged transport towards Sake which is about 20 kilometres west of Goma, in each of the ten districts of the city affected:

“People should take the bare minimum with them, to make sure everyone has a chance to get on,” Ndima added.

So far after the first volcano eruption many people have moved into Rwanda to find refuge.

Aboubakar Ali Salim, at Grand Barriere border between Rwanda and Congo said:

“There were districts that had been said to be in danger in case of an eruption. Some others were not, but people who live in these neighbourhoods, that have not been mentioned, are moving anyway to take shelter from any possible eruption.”

This eruption is taking a note of history becoming the most active volcano for the past 20 years in Africa. 32 people have died as a result. And in 5 days, scientists have recorded about 400 aftershock earthquakes.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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