UN: 46 killed in DRC volcano landslide

2010-05-20 07:51

Kinshasa - A landslide on the slopes of a volcano in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has killed 46 people and washed away more than 200 homes, the UN peacekeeping mission said on Wednesday.

The landslide, on the slopes of Nyrangongo volcano at Kibumba, in north Kivu province where the army is trying to oust Rwandan Hutu rebels, was triggered when rivers overflowed at the volcanic peak at the weekend following heavy rains.

"The record so far is 46 people feared dead and more than 200 houses washed away," said Madnodje Mounoubai, spokesperson for the UN mission Monuc, which has recovered 14 bodies and is assisting in the rescue effort.

The volcano, which overlooks the provincial capital Goma, is one of two active volcanoes that have regularly erupted and spewed lava in recent years, killing scores in 2002.