Congo volcano eruption, ensuing chaos kill at least 15

By JUSTIN KABUMBA KATUMWA Associated Press

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Officials and survivors say the volcanic eruption in Congo and the ensuing chaos have killed at least 15 people and that more than 500 homes have been destroyed.

The U.N. children's agency said Sunday that the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo on Saturday night sent around 5,000 people in the city of Goma fleeing across the nearby border into Rwanda, while another 25,000 others sought refuge to the northwest in Sake.

More than 170 children were still feared missing Sunday and UNICEF officials said they were organizing transit centers to help unaccompanied children in the wake of the disaster.

Goma ultimately was largely spared the mass destruction it suffered the last time the volcano erupted back in 2002.

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