Residents Return to Goma as Lava Flow Stops Following Nyiragongo Eruption

Residents of Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, returned to their homes on May 23, a day after many evacuated during the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo, officials reported.

Lava from the volcano stopped flowing at Buhene around 4 am local time, officials said. Neighboring Rwanda received 8,000 people who had fled the area on May 22, Congolese officials reported.

The volcano last erupted in January 2002, killing hundreds. On Saturday evening, the DRC government announced that an evacuation plan for Goma had been activated.

Footage released by the Congolese Ministry of Communication shows people returning to Goma after the lava stopped flowing. Credit: @Com_mediasRDC via Storyful

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