Latest updated figures following the May 22, 2021 Mount Nyiragongo volcanic eruption indicate that 247,352 persons from 41,225 households were displaced from Goma to other parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo while others crossed the border to neighbouring Rwanda.
Presenting a report to a council of ministers meeting on Friday June 25, 2021, Modeste Mutinga Mutushayi, DR Congo’s Minister of Social Affairs, Humanitarian Action and National Solidarity, revealed that 31 persons lost their lives with seven dying during the course of evacuation, while 24 were burnt alive by the lava from the eruption.
The minister revealed that 10 schools and four health centres were also destroyed.
The urgent humanitarian response by the government was centred mostly on food assistance totaling 446 tons and the organisation of aid and salvage operations as well as helping 14,561 persons who had fled from their homes to Goma to return to their places of habitation.
The minister revealed that the government through the Military Engineering Corps intends to construct 1000 temporary shelters for those whose houses were consumed by the lava.
According to the Minister, one of the biggest challenges facing the government right now is the mobilisation of resources that would support the activities aimed at assisting those communities that have been seriously affected by the volcanic eruption until they are completely rehabilitated.
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