Locals walk over cooling lava following devastating eruption in DR Congo

June 20, 2021

Locals walk on on cooling lava after DR Cogo volcano devastates outskirts of Goma Locals walk on cooling lava after DR Cogo volcano devastates the outskirts of Goma (MediaDrumWorld/Getty)

Striking images have emerged showing local residents walking over cooling lava following the eruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week.

On Saturday evening, without warning, Mount Niyaragongo erupted violently and the results have been devastating.

At least 15 people have died and hundreds more have been left homeless.

The volcano lies six miles north of the city of Goma, home to some two million people.

Tens of thousands of people have had to flee the villages surrounding the volcano and, in some instances, literally walk over the remains of the lava flow.

Residents said there was little warning before the dark sky turned a fiery red and the eruption happened.

It prompted fears that Mount Nyiragongo could cause the same kind of devastation as the last time it erupted in 2002 when hundreds died.

Towns were evacuated as Mount Niyaragongo erupted without warning (AFP/AP/REUTERS) Towns were evacuated as Mount Niyaragongo erupted without warning (AFP/AP/REUTERS)

Goma is a regional hub for many humanitarian agencies in the region, as well as the UN peacekeeping mission known as MONUSCO.

While Goma is home to many UN peacekeepers and aid workers, much of surrounding eastern DR Congo is under threat from armed groups vying for control of the region’s mineral resources.

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