This aerial photo, taken on May 23, shows debris engulfing buildings in the Bushara village near Goma, a day after Mount Nyiragongo erupted in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Volcano erupts in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Updated 0016 GMT (0816 HKT) June 7, 2021

This aerial photo, taken on May 23, shows debris engulfing buildings in the Bushara village near Goma, a day after Mount Nyiragongo erupted in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Mount Nyiragongo erupted in the Democratic Republic of Congo on May 22, killing at least 31 people and forcing 30,000 to flee their homes.

An evacuation order was issued in the city of Goma because of fears that the volcano could erupt again.

Mount Nyiragongo is one of several volcanoes near the DRC's border with Rwanda and Uganda. Its last major eruption, in 2002, killed 250 people and displaced thousands.

The May 22 eruption destroyed at least 900 houses and flattened five schools, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council, a humanitarian organization. It also damaged power and water supplies to the city.