Lava that erupted from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Mount Nyiragongo was cooling in the Buhene area of Goma on May 23, where it had come to a stop there in the early hours after thousands fled the area.
Neighboring Rwanda received 8,000 people who fled the area on May 22, Congolese officials reported.
On Saturday evening, the DRC government announced that an evacuation plan for Goma had been activated.
UNICEF said that 170 children were feared to be missing as people fled Goma after the eruption.
At least 15 people were killed in the wake of the eruption, and hundreds of homes destroyed, according to media reports citing officials.
The volcano last erupted in January 2002, killing hundreds. Credit: @giremaki via Storyful