A statement issued by the UNICEF on Sunday says more than 170 children have been declared missing, while more than 150 children have been separated from their families.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also said hundreds of children and families in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) district of Goma were at risk after the Mount Nyiragongo volcanic eruption.
According to the report gathered by Premium times, the sky turned red and lava spewed from the volcano on Saturday, causing thousands to flee the city of two million people, located just to the south.
Reports from the news also indicate that up to five people may have died during the evacuation and some houses have reportedly been lost in the north of Goma.
It was gathered that no fewer than 5,000 people crossed the border into Rwanda from Goma as the slow-moving lava spewed, and at least 25,000 others were displaced in Sake, 25 kilometres northwest of Goma.
Report has it that a UNICEF team has been deployed in the affected areas of Sake, Buhene, Kibati, and Kibumba to provide first-line response, which includes installing chlorination water points in and around Sake to limit the spread of cholera.
The agency is said to be strengthening surveillance for the deadly water-borne disease, especially in Goma itself, following residents’ return.
UNICEF says it will work with partners to refer any cases of gender-based violence or abuse to provide adequate medical and psychosocial support.