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Nyiragongo Eruption

The city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was in a state of emergency as one of the world’s most active and dangerous volcanoes, Mount Nyiragongo, erupted Saturday, May 22, 2021. At least 31 people have died, and hundreds of children were feared missing or separated from their families. The eruption occurred when fractures opened in the volcano’s side, causing lava flows in multiple directions. The International Federation of Red Cross said that between 3,000-5,000 people fled into Rwanda to escape the dangers. As of May 24, 2021, government officials said that 17 villages have been affected, including three heath centers, and a primary school and a water pipeline have been destroyed.

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