Congo eruption kills 15 with many children missing

At least 15 people have reportedly died in a volcanic eruption of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with many children feared missing.

Mount Nyiragongo in the central African nation erupted on Saturday. The 3,400-meter volcano is located near the border with Rwanda.

The Associated Press and other media outlets report that at least 15 people have died, including nine who were killed in a traffic accident while trying to evacuate.

Thousands of people fled to Rwanda from Goma, a city about 10 kilometers south of the volcano.

The UN children's agency, UNICEF, says more than 150 children have been separated from their families and over 170 children are feared to be missing. The agency also says some 25,000 were displaced.

UNICEF is providing affected people with drinking water to prevent the spread of cholera.

Mount Nyiragongo is one of the world's most active volcanoes. A major eruption in 2002 killed more than 100 people.