Local Villagers On Their Way Back Home From Market Day In A Rebel Controlled Area

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Local villagers on their way back home from market day in a rebel controlled area. Kahungwe, South Kivu. DRcongo.

The last time the volcano erupted — in 2002 — it killed 147 people and forced 400,000 people to flee the nearby city of Goma.The eruption effectively split Goma in two, destroying a third of the city.

Lava even covered about 80 percent of the airstrips at Goma International Airport, making it almost impossible to evacuate people or get outside aid to survivors.Goma sits right on the shore of Lake Kivu, one of the African Great Lakes.

The lake straddles the border between the DRC and Rwanda, and holds massive amounts of methane and dissolved carbon dioxide because of its proximity to volcanic vents, among other reasons.The shores of Laku Kivu are packed with about 2 million people. And with much of the infrastructure destroyed by years of a civil war and little to no upkeep, many experts agree that it would be impossible to evacuate them quickly.

Photo by Amnon Gutman @gutmanen for #everydayclimatechange. Local villagers on their way back home from market day in a rebel controlled area. Kahungwe, South Kivu. DRcongo. The last time the volcano erupted — in 2002 — it killed 147 people and forced 400,000 people to flee the nearby city of Goma.The eruption effectively split Goma in two, destroying a third of the city. Lava even covered about 80 percent of the airstrips at Goma International Airport, making it almost impossible to evacuate people or get outside aid to survivors.Goma sits right on the shore of Lake Kivu, one of the African Great Lakes. The lake straddles the border between the DRC and Rwanda, and holds massive amounts of methane and dissolved carbon dioxide because of its proximity to volcanic vents, among other reasons.The shores of Laku Kivu are packed with about 2 million people. And with much of the infrastructure destroyed by years of a civil war and little to no upkeep, many experts agree that it would be impossible to evacuate them quickly. #climatechange #globalwarming #climatechangedrcongo

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