At least 15 people were killed in a volcanic eruption in eastern Congo
At least 15 people died in a volcanic eruption in eastern Congo on Saturday evening.
Mount Nyiragongo erupted without warning and devastated the city of Goma, where many of the region’s humanitarian aid organizations are located.
More than 500 homes were destroyed by lava from the explosion that displaced tens of thousands of people in the area.
According to UNICEF officials, over 170 missing children were still feared as of Sunday.
Aline Bichikwebo’s parents were among the dead.
Bichikwebo told the Associated Press that she escaped with her baby but was not strong enough to save her mother and father.
“I ask for help because everything we had is gone,” she said, clutching her baby.
“We don’t even have a pot. We are orphans now and have nothing.”
Another city resident, Alumba Sutoye, said: “People are still panicking and hungry. They don’t even know where they’re going to spend the night. “
With postal wires