Kindu

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Kindu
Kindu church
Kindu church
Kindu is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kindu
Kindu
Location in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates: 2°57′S 25°57′E / 2.950°S 25.950°E / -2.950; 25.950Coordinates: 2°57′S 25°57′E / 2.950°S 25.950°E / -2.950; 25.950
Country Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Democratic Republic of the Congo
Province Maniema
Area
 • Total 150 km2 (60 sq mi)
Elevation 504 m (1,654 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 172,321
 • Density 1,100/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
National language Swahili

Kindu is a city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the capital of Maniema province. It has a population of about 200,000 and is situated on the Congo River at an altitude of about 500 metres, and is about 400 km west of Bukavu.

Kindu is linked by rail to Kalemie, Kamina and Kananga. It also has an airport with a 2,200 metre runway. Roads in Maniema are unsurfaced and in a generally poor condition.

History[edit]

The town was an important centre for the ivory, gold and slave trades during the nineteenth century. Arab-Swahili slave traders were based here from about 1860 and sent caravans overland to Zanzibar. Kindu was also the former capital of Nord-Kivu subregion of Kivu region during the Mobutu era.

Transportation[edit]

Kindu is served by Kindu Airport. Most of the goods coming to town come from Goma, Bukavu and Kinshasa by air.

It is also served by the Congo Railway which connects it to Lubumbashi among other destinations.

Geography[edit]

Kindu is located 2°57′S, 25°55′E at an elevation of approximately 1500 ft (450 m) above sea level.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Kindu
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30
(86)
31
(87)
31
(87)
31
(87)
31
(88)
31
(87)
29
(84)
30
(86)
31
(87)
31
(87)
31
(87)
30
(86)
30.6
(86.6)
Average low °C (°F) 21
(70)
21
(69)
21
(70)
21
(70)
21
(70)
20
(68)
19
(67)
20
(68)
20
(68)
21
(69)
21
(69)
21
(70)
20.6
(69)
Precipitation cm (inches) 18
(7)
15
(6)
19.3
(7.6)
15.7
(6.2)
10.7
(4.2)
3
(1.2)
3.3
(1.3)
7.1
(2.8)
10.9
(4.3)
15.7
(6.2)
19.8
(7.8)
20.8
(8.2)
159.3
(62.8)
Source: Weatherbase [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on November 24, 2011.

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