Precarious situation in the city of Goma, in DR Congo, after the Nyiragongo volcano erupted

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Eruption of mount Nyiragongo and hundreds erathquakes which followed determined people in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to flee and produced chaotic scenes. Mount Nyiragongo was erupting, a few days ago, for the second time in less than 20 years. The city of 2 million that’s on the edge of Rwanda and Lake Kivu was terified. As of Wednesday, at least 37 people had died, either from exposure to the lava or gases, or in accidents while trying to evacuate, according to the government and U.N. officials. Lieutenant General Constant Ndima Komgba, the military governor of North Kivu province, ordered a mandatory evacuation in central Goma, that were especially vulnerable to lava and plumes of lethal gas. “Stay out of the way of the lava flow, which represents the danger of dying by asphyxia or severe burns,” he said.

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Multiple cracks had appeared in the ground, some extending for hundreds of meters and even splintering some of Goma’s main roads. The risk from Lake Kivu, which contains huge amounts of highly combustible methane gas and carbon dioxide, became a major problem and fear. Lava could cause the methane to ignite, causing massive explosions at the surface of the lake. In 1986, a similar eruption at Lake Nyos, in Cameroon, killed more than 1,700 people in a matter of minutes.No ambulances are available and many areas lost power and phpne signal.