The death toll from the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano near the Congolese city of Goma has risen to 32. Half a million people may be faced with a shortage of drinking water due to a reservoir damaged by the eruption.

Most people have died fleeing the lava flows, which swallowed several houses and filled the surrounding area with poisonous gases.

Seven people died from lava and five suffocated in the gases from the molten rock.

The people who were suffocating walked on cooled lava.

The volcano erupted on Saturday evening.

The lava stopped just before the city limits of the two million inhabitants of Goma.

At least seventeen villages were partly or completely destroyed by the lava.

Aid organizations think that at least 5,000 people have lost their homes.

Several roads have been damaged.

About 25,000 people had fled the eruption.

Many of them have since returned to Goma.

The United Nations fears a second eruption as the volcano crater fills with lava during aftershocks.

Nyiragongo volcano also erupted in 2002, when a hundred people died.


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