What survivors had managed to make it to safety had been interviewed by a lot of experts. The Super-volcano had released poisonous gases through cracks in the lakes. Military experts believed that this alone might have resulted in the deaths os 250,000 or more people. Food production had been destroyed in the region and with transportation system also destroyed there was concern that conditions might grow worse before they improved. Experts believed that it might be 30-40 years before conditions improved. Some worried that Cannibalism might be a threat. The Belgian Congo had a military force but it would be hard pressed to maintain order just in the Central Belgian Congo.