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Mbandaka

Administration
Full nameMbandaka
Official nameVille de Mbandaka
CountryDemocratic Republic of the Congo
ProvinceÉquateur Province
Geography
Total Area231.6 sq mi (600 km2)
Demography
Total Population729257 (2004)
Other information
Time zoneWAT (UTC+1)

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Mbandaka, formerly known as Coquilhatville or Coquilhatstad (named after Camille-Aimé Coquilhat), is a city on the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, lying near the confluence of the Congo and Ruki Rivers. The capital of the Equateur Province, it is home to an airport and is linked by ferry to Kinshasa and Boende. The city's population is approximately (2004).

Mbandaka is largely populated by people of the Mongo ethnic group, although people from many different regions live in the city. The main languages spoken in Mbandaka are Lingala, French and Mongo.

Years of war and neglect have taken a heavy toll on the city infrastructure, with no electricity or running water in large sectors of the city. Most of the streets and avenues of the city are dirt roads.


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