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Lunda Sul Province

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Country  Angola
Area  77,637 km2
Capital  Saurimo
Population  516,077

Lunda Sul is a province of Angola. It has an area of 77,637 kmĀ² and a 2014 census population of 516,077. Saurimo is the capital of the province.


Map of Lunda Sul Province

Geography and climate

The Lunda Sul province is located in the extreme east of Angola, the capital of Saurimo located 946 kilometres (588 mi) by road east of the capital Luanda. It is bordered to the north by Lunda Norte Province, to the east by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south by Moxico Province and southwest by Bie Province, and to the west by Malanje Province. Municipalities include Cacolo, Dala, Muconda, and Saurimo. The main road from Luanda to Lubumbashi traverses the province from west to east.

The province is dominated by dry savannah land; only in the only in the Kasai River valley are there remnants of tropical rainforest. The Kasai forms the eastern and southern frontier of Lunda Sul and is the main river of the province. The Kwango River is also a major river of the province. The climate of the province is predominantly tropical.

Economy and social issues

Economically the province is dominated by peanut cultivation, which is operated primarily in the Saurimo area. In the south of the province corn production is major contributing factor. Other agricultural products include rice, cassava and cereals. This region is rich with diamonds, manganese and iron which are exploited; Catoca mine in Lunda Sul Province is the fourth largest diamond mine in the world. Due to warfare in the region, at times mining has been disrupted by attacks form the UNITA, especially in 1999-2000. In spring 1999, UNITA destroyed the bridge on the Kasai River at Biula, affecting transport communications in the region between Lunda Sul and Moxico.


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