May 24 2021 Congo (DRC) northeast Niragongo volcano erupted on the evening of the 22nd, the latest local government officials said, the eruption has killed at least 15 people, more than 500 houses destroyed, tens of thousands of people fled their homes.
The eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano in north-eastern Kivu province has killed 15 people, Congolese government officials said, according to the Associated Press and the Africa Times. In addition, the eruption also caused the destruction of more than 500 houses in the area, 25,000 fled to the northwest to take refuge.
UNICEF said Sunday that more than 170 children were missing as of the day of the eruption of mount Niragongo, which is organizing evacuation centers to help homeless children.
The Niragongo volcano began erupting at about 7 p.m. local time on the 22nd. Congo (DRC) government said on the 23rd, volcanic lava once approached the city of Goma, but at about 4 am on the 23rd stopped flowing, did not flow into the city of Goma.
Located about 18 km from the city of Goma and located in the Virunga Mountains on the border of Congo (DRC), Uganda and Rwanda, Niragongo is a more active volcano in Africa.
The Nyiragongo volcano erupted on a massive scale in 2002, leaving much of Goma covered in lava and causing more than 500,000 people to flee their homes.