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humanitarian aid Irish charity providing water and supplies to African communities devastated by earthquakes

Millions of people evacuated the African city of Goma after the earthquakes and magma that followed the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo on May 22nd

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Countless homes on the slopes of Mount Nyirangongo

Countless homes on the slopes of Mount Nyirangongo

Countless homes on the slopes of Mount Nyirangongo

An Irish charity is providing water and essential supplies to those devastated by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Millions of people evacuated the African city of Goma after the earthquakes and magma that followed the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo on May 22nd.

While most of the population has since returned, thousands of houses and public buildings, along with water and other infrastructure, have been destroyed or damaged.

Now, Dublin-based humanitarian organisation Concern Worldwide are responding to the disaster and working to help prevent the spread of water-borne diseases, such as cholera.

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Locals are returning to Goma

Locals are returning to Goma

Locals are returning to Goma

Concern’s Country Directorin the Democratic Republic of Congo, Russell Gates, said: “We are hurrying to support thousands of households affected by the eruption.

“Over 200,000 people lost access to water and it may take months for this to be restored so it is essential that we do what we can.

“We are providing emergency relief constructing latrines and water tanks, promoting hygiene practices and distributing essential items to people that have no access to water and have lost their belongings following the eruption.”

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Eruption devastated city

Eruption devastated city

Eruption devastated city

Concern is also building 37 toilets in schools and at a health centre in Goma. Its team of aid workers are also providing essential items to the affected population, which include jerry cans, buckets, blankets, sanitary pads, soap, sleeping mats, and kitchen utensils.

Much of this response is being funded by a €117,000 emergency donation from the Irish government’s programme for overseas development, Irish Aid.

“Many of our staff live in Goma and were living in the path of the lava and so were also affected by having to relocate following government orders,” added Mr Gates.

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“Once our team got themselves and their family to safety, they immediately turned to how they could help others and we’re glad to be part of the response to make sure we support as many people as we can.”

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