Green light for returns to volcano-hit city in Congo

The prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo says people can start returning to the eastern city of Goma following last month’s volcanic eruption.

Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde, who is in Goma with about a dozen other ministers, said there had been a sufficient reduction in seismic activity.

About two-thirds of the city’s population of 600,000 fled after the eruption of nearby Mount Nyiragongo.

Many have already drifted back informally.

Mr Lukonde said the military governor would announce a programme of phased returns.

Those who lived in areas destroyed by the volcano have been told to move elsewhere permanently.

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