Volcano Eruption Leaves 500,000 Without Water
Nearly 500,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been left without clean drinking water after a volcano erupted, the charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has warned.
It says because cholera is endemic and poses a great threat there is an urgent need to provide people in the eastern city of Goma with safe drinking water.
A reservoir and pipes were damaged when Mount Nyiragongo erupted on 22 May.
Hundreds of thousands of people are still unable to return to their homes.
“We are assisting the immediate needs of displaced people, but it is not enough,” said Magali Roudaut, MSF head of mission in DRC.
“We demand urgent support of other humanitarian organisations to assist people.”
There have been many tremors since one of the world’s most active volcanoes erupted.
In an effort to assess the level of risk experts have flown drones into a second smoking crater where molten lava has been spitting out of the ground.