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DRC volcanic eruption: UNICEF working to restore water



DRC volcanic eruption: UNICEF working to restore water

…… ..Like 100,000 children at risk of cholera

By Cecilia Ologunagba

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it was working with partners to restore water to nearly 200,000 people affected by volcanic eruption in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) .

UNICEF told the agency on Monday that the number included some 100,000 children, affected by the volcanic eruption in Goma, DRC.

The eruption of Mount Nyiragongo on May 22 melted water pipes and damaged an enormous 5,000 m³ reservoir.

According to him, without access to clean water and sanitation, children and families are at increased risk of water-borne diseases, such as cholera.

UNICEF Emergency Specialist Hye Sung said: “Cholera is particularly dangerous for the very young, the very old and the undernourished, so an epidemic could have dire consequences for children.

“Children under five had the highest incidence of cholera and were more likely to die from it, so it’s critical that we make sure families have access to safe drinking water as soon as possible.

Thirty people were killed and some 3,500 others lost their homes due to the volcano eruption, ” Sung said.

In the aftermath of the crisis, dozens of people fled Goma for neighboring towns, either because their homes were destroyed by lava or because the authorities advised them to leave for fear of another eruption.

In collaboration with national and international partners, UNICEF is working on the issue of water, in particular by supporting the public water company.

UNICEF is also supporting the public water company to redirect and protect a bypass pipeline system that will bring supplies to the pumping station next to Lake Kivu, in part of the main water system.

While previous cholera outbreaks in Goma began when residents collected dirty and contaminated water for drinking, UNICEF installed 15 emergency chlorination points near the lake.

The situation in Buhene, a neighborhood flattened by lava, illustrates the impact of water shortages as hundreds of people had to queue to get water from a truck connected to a pump, on a temporary basis. . (NAA)


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