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UNICEF: 170 children are missing after the eruption of Nyiragongo volcano in the Congo

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said that hundreds of children and families in the Goma region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are at risk after the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo volcano.

This came after the volcanic lava was scattered from the volcano the day before yesterday, causing thousands to flee from the city of two million people, located directly south. News reports indicate that up to five died during the evacuation in North Goma.

UNICEF said that more than 150 children have been separated from their families, and more than 170 are feared missing. The UN agency reported that more than 5,000 people crossed the border into Rwanda from Goma, where the slow lava spewed and at least 25,000 people were displaced in Sake. After 25 kilometers northwest of Goma.

UNICEF said it was not clear how many families were affected by the eruption. Dozens of children in the area near the Goma airport have become homeless.

The organization pointed out that a UNICEF team has been deployed in the affected areas in Saki, Bohen, Kibati and Kibumba to provide a first-line response, which includes the installation of chlorination points in and around Saki district to reduce the spread of cholera as the agency works to strengthen surveillance for deadly water-borne diseases. Especially in Goma itself, after the return of the population.

For its part, the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) indicated that helicopters from the mission conducted reconnaissance flights over the crater, and were "closely monitoring the situation."

The last time the Nyiragongo erupted in 2002, more than 100,000 people were left homeless and about 250 people were reportedly killed. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and the most dangerous volcanic eruption from a lava lake, which caused more than 600 deaths in 1977.