A massive eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has seen a mass exodus of the residents towards neighbouring Rwanda.
The Rwandan Emergency Management Ministry which has been very active in the rescue mission revealed that about 8,000 people have crossed from DRC into the country.
“This morning, after lava flows from Nyiragongo volcano have stopped, many Congolese who evacuated to Rubavu are returning back home. Rwanda received around 8000 people last night,” the ministry said.
A resident of Nyiragongo identified as Shimwiraye Alain narrated that, “I saw how the volcano was invading us. It was around 18:00. We saw the fire coming towards the hill and we were all surprised. At 19:00 the situation worsened.”
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo reacted swiftly to the fearsome eruption with an evacuation plan to help the residents believed to be around one million people. So far, there is no official report on any casualties.
Mount Nyirangongo which is located in Goma is prone to eruptions; the mountain last erupted in the year 2001 recording many casualties with properties destroyed.