Dolisie, known as Loubomo between 1975 and 1991, is a city in the western province of Niari in the Republic of the Congo. It is the country's third largest city, and an important commercial centre. The city lies on the eastern edge of the coastal rainforest, and has a population of 83,798 (2007 census).[1]

Dolisie

(Loubomo)
Dolisie.jpg
Dolisie is located in Republic of the Congo
Dolisie
Dolisie
Location in the Republic of the Congo
Coordinates: 4°11′59″S 12°40′26″E / 4.19972°S 12.67389°E / -4.19972; 12.67389
CountryRepublic of the Congo
DepartmentNiari Department
DistrictKimongo District
Founded1934
Founded byAlbert Dolisie
Area
 • Total18.3 km2 (7.1 sq mi)
 • Land18.3 km2 (7.1 sq mi)
Elevation
290 m (950 ft)
Population
 (2007)
 • Total83,798
 • Density4,579.1/km2 (11,860/sq mi)
Area code(s)242

HistoryEdit

The city was founded as a station on the Congo-Ocean Railway, and it was named after Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza's lieutenant Albert Dolisie. It became a thriving city thanks to the wealth of the railway, and it had 20,000 inhabitants in 1972. The city's name changed to Loubomo in 1975, and soon it became the third largest city in Congo-Brazzaville. The civil war of the late 1990s caused an exodus of rural people towards cities, and Loubomo's population has significantly increased since then.

EconomyEdit

Dolisie is a major rail center. Its location marks the link between the east-west Congo-Ocean Railway and the Mbinda line which runs north to the border with Gabon at Mbinda. Dolisie is also home to numerous small industries (wood, lumber).

TransportEdit

Dolise is home to Dolisie Airport.

Dolisie-Loubomo railway station on the Congo–Ocean Railway provides daily rail service to Pointe-Noire, Brazzaville and intermediate points.

International relationsEdit

Twin towns – Sister citiesEdit

Dolisie is twinned with:

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Dolisie
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 31
(87)
31
(88)
32
(89)
32
(89)
31
(87)
28
(83)
26
(79)
27
(80)
28
(82)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
29
(85)
Average low °C (°F) 22
(71)
21
(70)
21
(70)
22
(71)
21
(70)
19
(67)
18
(64)
18
(65)
19
(67)
21
(70)
22
(71)
22
(71)
21
(69)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 120
(4.9)
170
(6.6)
210
(8.1)
200
(8)
94
(3.7)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
7.6
(0.3)
71
(2.8)
210
(8.4)
170
(6.6)
1,250
(49.3)
Source: Weatherbase [3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2007 census". Archived from the original on 2012-05-15.
  2. ^ "National Commission for Decentralised cooperation". Délégation pour l’Action Extérieure des Collectivités Territoriales (Ministère des Affaires étrangères) (in French). Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  3. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Dolisie, Republic of Congo". Weatherbase. 2011. Retrieved on November 24, 2011.
  • Decalo S., Thompson V. & Adloff R. 1984. Historical dictionary of Congo Pg 180. USA: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 4°12′S 12°40′E / 4.200°S 12.667°E / -4.200; 12.667