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Volcano ash is health hazard

2010-01-06 14:01 BJT

Volcanic ash in the Democratic Republic of Congo is creating a health hazard for people and animals. Mount Nyamulagira is one of Africa's most active volcanoes, and continues to erupt for a fourth day.

Nyamulagira is in Virunga National Park. It's been continuously spewing hot ash and deadly gases. Poisoned water and vegetables covered by pumice sand are causing cholera, diarrhea and other diseases. One health center is seeing an influx of patients. The last volcanic activity in the region was in 2002 by the nearby Mount Nyiragongo, which destroyed thousands of homes.

Mount Nyamulagira erupts near the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, January 4, 2010. The volcano is threatening to shower ash on Virunga National Park that is home to some rare animals, including the rare mountain gorilla, officials said. Picture taken January 4, 2010. QUALITY FROM SOURCE. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe 
Mount Nyamulagira erupts near the city of Goma in eastern 
Democratic Republic of Congo, January 4, 2010. The volcano is 
threatening to shower ash on Virunga National Park that is home 
to some rare animals, including the rare mountain gorilla, 
officials said. Picture taken January 4, 2010.