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Gbadolite, Stanley Falls, pirogues, Matadi, Kisangani

Roads in the DRC are in generally poor repair, hindering the transport of crops to markets and contributing to the decline of export agriculture. The total length of the national road system is about 157,000 km (about 97,555 mi). The countryís 4,752 km (2,953 mi) of aging railways provide important connections domestically as well as with the Angolan port of Benguela and with southern Africa. Inland waterways are used extensively. The Congo River is navigable from its mouth to Matadi, a distance of 134 km (83 mi). The river is unnavigable from Matadi to Kinshasa, which are linked by a railway 401 km (249 mi) long. Beyond Kinshasa navigation is possible for more than 1,600 km (1,000 mi) until Stanley Falls impedes navigation at Kisangani. The unnavigable portions of the Congo require exports from the southeast region of Katanga to be sent through other countries. Navigable inland waterways total about 13,700 km (about 8,500 mi). For most Congolese, the chief modes of river transportation remain aging river steamers and long canoes, known as pirogues. The principal seaports are Matadi and Boma, on the lower Congo River, and Banana, at the riverís mouth. The country has five international airports, at Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Kisangani, Goma, and Gbadolite. State-owned Congo Airlines provides domestic and international service.

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Gbadolite, Stanley Falls, pirogues, Matadi, Kisangani, Lubumbashi, Goma, Boma, Congolese, DRC, international service, Banana, international airports, exports, Roads, southern Africa, distance, countries, markets, total length


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