Forest Fire (7161 ha) in The Democratic Republic of Congo 05 May 2022

Event summary

This forest fire is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

GDACS ID WF 1006067
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 05 May 2022 - 11 May 2022
Duration (days): 6
People affected: 364 in the burned area
Burned area: 7161 ha
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*(Last detection of the thermal anomaly of the fire)


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Impact Timeline

IDAlert colorGDACS ScorePopulation AffectedBurned Area (ha)Last UpdateSource
1 0.5 364 5832 11 May 2022 03:00 GWIS
2 0.5 364 7161 12 May 2022 03:00 GWIS

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in The Democratic Republic of Congo , Region of Shaba (population 5,356,509) . The nearest places are Nyunzu, and Mbulula.

Radius Population
10 km 120000 people
5 km 110000 people
2 km 2100 people
1 km 1800 people
Burned Area <1000 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 76 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Shaba The Democratic Republic of Congo 5.4 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Nyunzu Katanga Democratic Republic of the Congo City 14000 people 9 km
Mbulula Katanga Democratic Republic of the Congo City - 89 km

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Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.


Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Nyunzu 700 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 9 km
Luishi 1700 Civ. Unpaved No 3900 39 km



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