EU allocates close to $2.5M to DR Congo volcano eruption victims

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TOPSHOT - Residents are seen gathering in a busy street after an eruption from Mount Nyiragongo on May 23, 2021 in Goma in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo. - A river of boiling lava came to a halt on the outskirts of Goma Sunday, sparing the city in eastern DR Congo from disaster after the nighttime eruption of Mount Nyiragongo sent thousands of terrified residents fleeing in panic. Fire and strong fumes emanated from the blackish molten rock as it swallowed up houses, heading towards Goma airport on the shores of Lake Kivu. (Photo by Guerchom Ndebo / AFP) (Photo by GUERCHOM NDEBO/AFP via Getty Images)

The European Commission has allocated emergency humanitarian funding of €2 million (close to $2.5M) for those affected by the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Janez Lenarčič, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management said although the situation remains fluid and the full extent of the damage is not yet known, it is already clear that the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo and the continuing seismic activity has displaced hundreds of thousands of people in and around Goma.

“The emergency funding will be used to respond to the immediate needs of the affected people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Rwanda,” he added.​​​​​​​

This funding is in addition to the €160,000 ($195,000) previously allocated in support of the Congolese Red Cross society.

 

 

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