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14 Jul 2013 description

Yaoundé, 14 juillet 2013 (IRIN) - Les autorités camerounaises ont annoncé leur intention de réinstaller les milliers de survivants de l’explosion du lac Nyos, survenue en 1986, dans leur région d’origine. L’annonce a suscité des réactions d’opposition en raison notamment des préoccupations en matière de sécurité environnementale et des inquiétudes liées aux litiges fonciers potentiels.

10 Jul 2013 description

YAOUNDE, 10 July 2013 (IRIN) - Plans by the Cameroonian authorities to move thousands of survivors of the 1986 Lake Nyos gas explosion back to their original homeland have provoked opposition, with concerns over environmental safety and potential land disputes.

Some 12,000 people now live in camps in the Menchum area in Northwest Region following the August 1986 disaster in which carbon dioxide spewed out of the nearby volcanic lake, engulfing villages and killing hundreds of people.

13 Apr 2011 description

Nearly 1,700 people died in 1986 when Cameroon's Lake Nyos suddenly released deadly levels of carbon dioxide into the air, following a build-up of the gas in the lake. Another 10,000 people were uprooted and 3,000 heads of livestock were also lost.

"I lost more than 21 members of my family and all our cattle after the explosion," said 45-year old Che Ephraim, a resident of the area at the time.

The lake, located on the flank of an inactive volcano, sits above magma and leaks carbon-dioxide into the water.

26 Aug 1986 description


UNDRO 86/2050
CAMEROUN - EMANATIONS DE GAZ TOXIQUE VOLCANIQUE
RAPPORT D'INFORMATION DE L'UNDRO NO. 1
26 AOUT 1986

SITUATION GENERALE

1. DES EMANATIONS DE GAZ TOXIQUE VOLCANIQUE SE SONT PRODUITES LE 23 AOUT 1986 DANS LA REGION DE WUM AU NORD-OUEST DU CAMEROUN.

2. DE SOURCE ENCORE NON OFFICIELLE ON INDIQUE PLUS DE 2000 MORTS (40 OFFICIELLEMENT CONFIRMES). DES RISQUES DE MALADIES RESPIRATOIRES ET AUTRES EFFETS TOXIQUES EXISTENT. L'OMS EST EN RAPPORT AVEC SON REPRESENTANT SUR PLACE.

25 Aug 1986 description


UNDRO 86/2047
CAMEROON - RELEASE VOLCANIC TOXIC GAS
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
25 AUGUST 1986

SITUATION

1. ON 23 AUGUST 1986 NATURAL RELEASE OF TOXIC VOLCANIC GAS TOOK PLACE IN WUM AREA (NORTH-WESTERN CAMEROON).

2. AS YET UNCONFIRMED REPORTS INDICATE UP TO 2,000 DEATHS (40 OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED). RISK OF RESPIRATORY DISEASES AND OTHER GENERAL TOXIC EFFECTS. WHO IN CONTACT WITH LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE.

3. ON PRESIDENT'S RETURN FROM VISIT TO WUM AREA, GOVERNMENT APPEALED FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE.