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Volcanic Eruption Threatens Ngora Town Residents

Local leaders in the eastern Ngora district as calling for the central government’s intervention amid reports of possible volcanic eruption.

A local hill, authorities say, has been showing numerous signs of impending volcanic activity.

This active rock named Moru Otlikei, which is located in Okisimo Ward is in close proximity to Ngora town.

Margaret Awekonimungi, the Ngora district Environment Officer, warns that many families near the rock might require urgent evacuation.

Mrs Awekonimungu says she visited the active rock yesterday Thursday and in her report, confirmed the signs of imminent volcanic eruption.

After interacting with nearby community members and scaling the rock, she says she among others observed cracks developing at the foot of the rock, which according to locals, have been increasing in size.

She says she also noticed “boiling sound associated with heat, which increases as you advance towards the rock.”

“Community members also reported occurrence of blue flames especially at night, and some smoke,” she said.

According to the officer, these activities were first noticed on Monday by a local resident Christine Agwang and havenot stopped since.

She warned that the volcanic activities are a serious threat to the dense settlement nearby.

“More to that, the local people always go near the rock to witness what is happening, they are therefore at very high risk just in case an eruption occurs,” she warned.

“The population of Ngora Town Council is also at risk since the town is located on the lower slope, so any flow of may submerge some of the town plots.

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In her report, Awekonimungu called the area Chief Administrative Officer to inform the inform Ministry of Energy and Mineral resources as well OPM for any necessary action.

The OPM and the Ministry were also called to visit the site and assess the situation so as to save the local people and their property.


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