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or Zaïre
, great river of equatorial Africa, c.2,720 mi (4,380 km) long, formed by the waters of the Lualaba River and its tributary, the Luvua River, and flowing generally N and W through Congo (Kinshasa) to the Atlantic Ocean.
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(Luvua), a river in Zambia and Zaire, a right tributary of the Lualaba (Upper Congo). Some consider it the head-stream of the Congo (Zaire) River. From the upper reaches of the Chambezi River it flows for more than 1,500 km, draining an area of 265,300 sq km. Originating south of Lake Tanganyika, it falls in several branches into Lake Bangweulu and flows out of the lake as the Luapula; it then flows through Lake Mweru, below which it is called the Luvua. The river is full of rapids, and its water level rises during the rainy season, lasting from November to March or April. Average water discharge in the lower course exceeds 600 cu m per sec. The Luapula is navigable in its lower reaches, for 145 km from its mouth and directly above Lake Mweru. A hydroelectric power plant is on the river.

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The TAC recommended continued monitoring of resistance across the country, with additional efforts in Luapula province, where resistance patterns to pyrethroids appeared to be inconsistent.
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Working with eyecare charity, Vision Aid Overseas, Specsavers raised enough to fund not only the teaching facility, but also two vision centres in the country's Central and Luapula provinces.
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Descripcao de uma Viagem atravez do Continente Africano comprehendendo narratives diversas, aventuras e importantes descobertas entre as quaes figuram a das origens do Lualaba, caminho entre as duas costas, visita as terras da garanganja, Katanga e ao curso do Luapula, bem como a descida do Zambeze, do chao ao oceano (Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional, 1886).
Their parents fished along the Luapula river and cultivated seasonal crops on subsistence smallholdings, so purchasing expensive textbooks was out of the question.
Pulkkinen's task was now to organize and coordinate agricultural training in the northern districts around Luapula, a notorious malaria district.