Hun­dreds prac­tice vol­cano safety in DR Congo’s east

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

More than a thou­sand peo­ple took part yes­ter­day in an evac­u­a­tion ex­er­cise trig­gered by a sim­u­lated vol­canic erup­tion en­dan­ger­ing Goma, a ma­jor city in the eastern Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo. At 7:30 am, sirens wailed in four north­ern parts of the city, which lies on the Rwanda bor­der in the path of lava flow from the Nyi­ran­gongo Vol­cano, 20 kilo­me­ters (12 miles) to the north. Pre­vi­ous erup­tions have claimed hun­dreds of lives. Res­i­dents of dis­tricts at risk in the cap­i­tal of North Kivu prov­ince were asked to leave their homes and gather three kilo­me­ters to the south in the Afia sta­dium, where white tents were ready for them.

For al­most three hours, groups of about 10 to 20 peo­ple headed for the sta­dium in two col­umns, with pos­ses­sions rang­ing from mo­tor­bikes to mat­tresses, kitchen­ware and prized fur­ni­ture. They helped chil­dren and had do­mes­tic an­i­mals in tow. “We’re con­duct­ing an ex­er­cise to sim­u­late a vol­canic erup­tion in or­der to show the 500 fam­i­lies who live on the po­ten­tial paths of lava flow how to be­have in the event of ma­jor vol­canic ac­tiv­ity,” the head of North Kivu’s civil protection ser­vice, Joseph Makundi said. At the end of the ex­er­cise, par­tic­i­pants would be ad­vised on prac­ti­cal mea­sures such as how to keep or­der and avoid slow­ing oth­ers down, as well as the most prac­ti­cal items to take on leav­ing home, Makundi added. —AFP

GOMA: Res­i­dents of Goma are di­rected by mem­bers of the ICRC (In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross) and of the Civil Protection dur­ing an evac­u­a­tion ex­er­cise trig­gered by a sim­u­lated vol­canic erup­tion en­dan­ger­ing Goma yes­ter­day. More than a thou­sand peo­ple took part yes­ter­day in an evac­u­a­tion ex­er­cise trig­gered by a sim­u­lated vol­canic erup­tion en­dan­ger­ing Goma, a ma­jor city in the eastern Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo. — AFP

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