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Thousands of residents living in and around Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo who fled after the Mount Nyiragongo volvano erupted on Saturday returned home on Sunday when the lava flow subsided. Some 8,000 Congolese sought shelter in neighbouring Rwanda, which quickly opened borders to accommodate the outflow.

The volcanic eruption turned the sky red and brought a strong smell of sulphur to the streets in Goma, a city of nearly two million people. Power was out in multiple locations throughout the city. The presidency said President Felix Tshisekedi cut short a trip to Europe to return to Kinshasa.