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Wednesday, 23 January, 2002, 16:46 GMT
Goma: Eruption aftermath
The eruption of Mount Nyiragongo appears to have died down for the present, but the lava has engulfed large areas of Goma and life there remains extremely difficult.

Eruption aftermath:

  • The lava has cut off routes into Goma and divided the town in two, complicating the aid effort.

    Lava at Goma Airport
    The lava ignited kerosene stores at the airport

  • Relief workers have used bulldozers to clear paths through the drying lava to allow the distribution of emergency supplies.

  • The UN estimates at least 300 buildings have been destroyed - about 40% of the town.

  • The UN hopes to distribute about 260 tonnes of food, which it says it enough to feed about 70,000 people for a week.

  • Each family will receive 26kg of rations including maize meal, beans, vegetable oil and corn soya bread.

  • Lava pours from three fissures down the flanks of the volcano and engulfs 14 villages
  • Lava then reaches Goma, causing widespread devastation

    Detailed map of the eruption and aftermath

  • Water supplies have been declared safe after fears they had been contaminated by volcanic ash.

  • Tens of thousands of people have been made homeless.

  • Lorries loaded with blankets and plastic sheeting have started arriving at two sites set up by the UN just outside the city to provide temporary shelter.

  • Earth tremors continue to shake the area, causing other buildings to collapse.

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