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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Democratic Republic of the Congo

28 May 2021

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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 28 May 2021

Democratic Republic of the Congo

As a result of the eruption of the Nyiragongo Volcano in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, OCHA reports that thousands of people are displaced and on the move following a state evacuation order of 10 districts in Goma, North Kivu, amid fears of a new eruption. About 400,000 people are potentially affected by the evacuation order.

People are heading towards Sake, west of Goma, Rubavu in Rwanda to the east, Rutshuru in the north, and crossing Lake Kivu for Bukavu, in South Kivu.

More than 30 people lost their lives when the volcano erupted on 22 May. Lava, ash and gas destroyed houses, schools and health structures, affected water and electricity supply systems, and cut off roads.

As of yesterday, strong tremors continued, one of them measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale.

The humanitarian focus has been on people directly affected by the volcanic eruption and neighbourhoods in Goma without access to water. But with the mass displacement of people, the focus is widening, and new assessments will take place today in Sake, Rutshuru and other areas where people have moved to. Water and sanitation and disease outbreak prevention are among the priorities.