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Congo volcano:  impact on lake wildlife
Monday, January 21, 2002

Congo Volcano Eruption Will Hurt Wildlife - Experts

Monday January 21

By Fiona O'Brien

NAIROBI, Kenya (Reuters)

Many wild animals in the forests around Congo's Nyiragongo volcano are likely to be harmed by the torrent of lava, ash and sulphurous gas pouring from the crater, wildlife experts said on Saturday. . .

Nyiragongo is one of eight volcanoes on the borders of Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, a region dense with tropical forests and famously home to rare mountain gorillas.. .

The east African representative for the World Wide Fund For Nature, Sam Kanyamibwa, said the recent eruption would affect every level of the mountain's ecosystem, from worms to primates. The ecological integration in the whole region is going to be affected one way or another,'' Kanyamibwa said.

There are also fears that the lava pouring into Lake Kivu beside Goma will severely contaminate the water and may even cause explosions, due to the lake's unusual accumulation of carbon dioxide in the lower strata of its basin.


Kivu Refugees


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