By SOS Médias Burundi
In a message broadcast on the National Radio Television of Congo (RTNC) Wednesday at night, the governor of North Kivu, Lieutenant-General Ndima Kongba Constant, decided the evacuation of ten neighborhoods in the city of Goma (provincial capital).
He said he wanted to protect residents of the areas from a probable new eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano, which has already killed 32 people since last Saturday evening.
Those neighborhoods include Majengo, Mabanga North and South, Bujovu, Virunga, Murara, Mapendo, Mikeno, Kahembe and Volcanoes.
According to the provincial authority, “a new volcanic eruption is imminent given the earthquakes that have intensified since the eruption of the volcano last Saturday in the city of Goma”
The governor said he consulted with scientists before he decides to warn the population against possible new disasters.
All the residents of that zone will have to be relocated to the city of Sake (same province). The evacuation will be coordinated by humanitarians with means of transport that will be provided by the provincial government of North Kivu in each neighborhood, the governor stressed.
It is strictly recommended that residents comply with the measure without exception.
“The security services are requested to carry out patrols in the area to secure goods and people,” the governor said.
The evacuation is mandatory and return to the homes conditioned by an authorization of the provincial authority.
Since last Saturday, at least 32 people have died in Goma, several houses collapsed and countless properties burned following the eruption of the Nyiragingo volcano which, 19 years ago, killed at least 500 people.
Endless earthquakes continue to cause damage to public and private infrastructure.
The Rwandan side of the border in the town of Rubavu is also affected. Businesses, hospitals and hotels have already been evacuated and residents moved to other towns.