DR Congo: One month on, populations still affected by volcano eruption

It’s been like a month in the north of Goma (DR Congo) after the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano, and the impact of displaced populations and host communities is still being observed. The outbreak happened on May 22, which took the lives of almost 32 people and replaced around 400,000 more, which has created an urgent requirement in and around the city.
Being an international emergency relief organization, Medair has responded to the ongoing crisis by assisting affected people.

The surface may seem to be returning to everyday life. But in reality, there is a destabilizing effect on the entire region due to ruption and ensuing earthquakes and tremors. And the impact created by this event will last for some time to come, mentioned by Zablon Omondi, Medair’s Project Coordinator in Goma.

Medair in Shasha also launched a 3-month emergency response for the community that suffers from persistent cholera outbreaks and whose vulnerabilities have been increased by the arrival of thousands of displaced people.

Families who still have their homes standing there are returning to Goma (DR Congo) gradually. But in Shasha, around 3,000 people are still displaced after the month of eruption.

They fled their homes often on foot, bringing anything barely with them. Therefore help is needed to provide for their most basic needs.

In Shasha, displaced people as well as 18,000 people from the host community. Are being offered for primary healthcare, nutrition treatment for mothers and children, and water, sanitation, and hygiene services.

A referral system has also been established to ensure the care is urgently provided to at-risk pregnant women and children under five suffering from life-threatening diseases.

Medair is also preparing to conduct evaluations north of Goma to launch a second emergency response among families whose homes and livelihoods were destroyed by the lava flow.

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