Congo volcanic lava flowing into Lake Kivu: impact on lake drinking water
Monday, January 21, 2002
Hundreds of thousands return to Goma: Lake Kivu drinking water imperiled
January 21, 2002
Hundreds of thousands of people appear to have returned to Goma almost overnight. A combination of bitter memories of their experiences of the Goma-based refugee camps after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, and the simple fact that they fled the burning city empty-handed have contributed to this sudden return.
The air is thick with smoke and the lava is still steaming on the side of Lake Kivu. Fears that the water, dusty from the magma falling into the lake, is contaminated, are confirmed by complaints of diarrhoea, dysentry and headaches, but people have little choice but to drink it. Outbreaks of cholera have already been reported.