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(ˌlu əˈpu lə)

a river in S central Africa, flowing E and N along the border between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Lake Mweru. ab. 300 mi. (485 km) long.
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The unit is placed in the Nchelenge District of Zambia s Luapula Province and is projected with making of the Luapula River neighboring Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Lake Mweru Wantipa.
A Chinese-built $14 million bridge across the vast Luapula River connects Zambia with its neighbour, the Democratic Republic of Congo.