Simplexe Malembe, the CONAPAC Program Manager and Advocacy Officer revealed on Wednesday evening that 1,200 hectares of crops were ravaged, according to the findings from their survey. Malembe says that the affected crops include Irish potatoes, beans, maize, bananas, sweet potatoes and vegetables among others.
Chantal Mawazo, the Director general of Alimentations du Kivu (Food supplies of Kivu ) and promoter of the Foundation Amour pour Mon Pays et pour le Prochain (Love for My Country and for Neighbor), a non-government organization in DR Congo says that the economic consequences of the volcanic eruptions of Nyiragongo are incalculable.
The earthquakes followed the volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo on May 22, 2021, which resulted in the death of 32 people and the displacement of more than 20,000 others. Since then, the neighbouring areas of Kibumba, Munugi, Buhene, Kibati, and Goma International Airport in Goma City were hit by a series of tremors.
Located in the Virunga National Park about 20 kilometres north of the town of Goma and Lake Kivu and about 46 kilometres away from the Uganda-DRC border of Bunagana in Kisoro district, Mount Nyiragongo erupted on Saturday evening forcing thousands of residents to flee, a majority of them to Rwanda.