Authorities ordered evacuations as the danger of new explosions from Mount Nyiragongo faced, people fled the town of 1.5 million.
Thousands of people have fled the Congolese town of Goma after officials ordered the evacuation of parts of the town due to the risk of further explosions from Mount Nyiragongo.
The evacuation order came after strong aftershocks shook the country on Tuesday morning, with tremors shaking the region every 10 to 15 minutes.
Angiragongo, the most active volcano on the African continent, crying back to life on Saturday, leaving about 20,000 people there is no house and at least 32 people died, according to the United Nations.
“Current data on seismicism and land reclamation indicates that there is magma under the urban area of Goma, with an increase under Lake Kivu,” said Ndima Kongba, military governor of the province in North Kivu, said Thursday in a public broadcast.
Right now we can’t rule out an explosion on the ground or under the lake, which could happen soon and without warning.
“The situation can change quickly, and continue to be monitored,” he said, adding that evacuation is necessary and needs to be done calmly.
But on Thursday morning, thousands of people evacuated by car, on motorbikes and on foot, with bundles of belongings on their heads, creating traffic jams across the town. Many more remain in large boats across the lake that number the city by nearly 1.5 million.
Videos shared on social media show numerous attempts to board boats in the port.
“People should take them at the very least, to make sure everyone has a chance to board,” Ndima said, adding that authorities were arranging to take them to Sake, about 20km (12 miles) west in Rubber.
On Wednesday, the UN said it was temporarily relocating nearly 250 unnecessary staff, nearly half of its aid workers, and about 1,500 of their dependents in the town of Bukavu, about 50km (30 miles) south. .
Explosion on Saturday sent streams of lava Flowing up the hill from Mount Nyiragongo, which destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands to flee, but stopped 300 meters (984 feet) short of Goma airport, the main hub for aid operations. to the east of the Democratic Republic below the Congo.
Goma is located a dozen kilometers from the volcano.
The ash cloud that caused the explosion closed at Goma and Bukavu airports, and is likely to cause respiratory illnesses, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement on Wednesday.
More than 200 small and moderate earthquakes have since caused cracks in buildings and streets in Goma. The cracks, almost 60cm (2 feet) wide in some areas, caused panic among residents who were unsure if the disaster had passed.
A so-called strato-volcano nearly 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) high, Nyiragongo forms the East Africa Rift tectonic split.
Its later major explosion, in 2002, killed nearly 100 people.