When a volcano erupts: The first photos of the aftermath
In an area that is often referred to as the “lung of the world,” the Kongo eruption is the first to be captured on camera.
The volcano has been raging for more than two years, spewing ash and ash-covered rock as much as three meters into the air, causing extensive damage and killing over a million people.
But the footage, taken on September 20, is the only one that’s been released publicly.
The footage shows a series of buildings rising up from the rubble and the destruction they’ve caused, with smoke billowing from the ground.
Many of the buildings are destroyed, but a few stand.
The film also shows some of the people caught in the eruption, including an Indonesian doctor and his wife, who were both killed when they tried to save a child who had collapsed from the blast.
The doctor is seen clutching the child in his arms.
One of the nurses, a woman named Anh-Ik Jia, was captured in a photograph being taken by a colleague of hers.
She told reporters that the doctors team had been in the area to assist with the search and rescue.
“We went out to check on the people trapped, and it was very bad.
We couldn’t do anything,” she said.
“But when we saw what was happening, we started helping the people in need.”
As the smoke cleared, the people of Kongo’s small village had begun to return home.
It was only after the eruption that many people returned to their homes, and many of them were still living in shelters.
One woman, who only gave her first name, Nana, told Al Jazeera that she has been struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“I am now worried about my own health,” she told Aljazeera.
“It is a very difficult time for me and my family.”
An elderly woman who had been sleeping in a tent near her house, who was still in shock from the explosion, said that her family and her neighbors had started evacuating, but that she had to be careful not to go into her own home.
“If I go into my house, it will be destroyed.
It will be burned,” she explained.
Nana also said that she was afraid of the volcano’s eruption because she fears for her life.
“The sky has been blown up,” she recalled.
“People are scared of the eruption and I don’t want to go back there.
The air is so bad.”
Anh was a paramedic who was first called to the scene of the explosion.
When she arrived, she said, she saw the scene was littered with the charred remains of people and animals.
“Everything is burnt,” she continued.
“And the ash that’s covering the ground is thick, so I think it is too late to get out.”