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Democratic Republic of Congo

News: Recently, a report revealed that the Congo, the world’s second-largest rainforest, lost half a million hectares of forest in 2022.

About:
• The DRC is a country in Central Africa with a 25-mile (40-km) coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. It is the second largest country in Africa, after Algeria, and the 11th-largest in the world.
• Capital – Kinshasa
• The DRC is bordered by nine other countries - the Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Angola. It also has a small exclave of Angola on its coast.
• The DRC has a diverse and rich natural environment, with the Congo River being the second longest and second largest river in Africa. It also has the second largest rainforest in the world after the Amazon. It is home to many endangered species such as gorillas, elephants, okapis, bonobos, and rhinos.

Which are some of the influential tribes in DRC?
• The Luba people, The Mongo, The Kongo, The Mangbetu and The Zande.

Which are the important lakes found in DRC?
• Lake Kivu, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Mweru, Lake Mai-Ndombe, Lake Albert.

Which are important mountain ranges?
• The three mountain ranges - the Mayumbe mountains in the west, the Mitumba mountains in the east, and the Ruwenzori mountains in the northeast.
• The Ruwenzori mountains are the highest in the country and have snow-capped peaks and glaciers. 

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