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TANZANIA: Authorities urge residents to move from volcano area

DAR ES SALAAM, 14 September 2007 (IRIN) - Tanzanian authorities are persuading people in villages near Ol Doinyo Lengai to move to safer areas after the volcano erupted.

Since July, areas around Ol Doinyo Lengai have been hit by earth tremors as a result of volcanic activity. The earthquakes caused panic in settled areas, including the Kenya capital, Nairobi.

The mountain has spewed smoke and discharged lava since the beginning of September.

"We don’t have a comprehensive evacuation programme for about 5,000 residents of the Engaresero village on the slope of the mountain, but for the time being we are persuading them to understand the risk," Jowika Kasunga, district commissioner for Ngorongoro, the local area, told IRIN on 14 September.
Photo: Authentic Tanzania
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