Barguna District:

Barguna District (barisal division) a coastal district, with an area of 1831.31 sq km, is bounded on the north by jhalokati, barisal, pirojpur and patuakhali districts, on the east by Patuakhali district, on the south by Patuakhali, the bay of bengal, on the west by pirojpur and bagerhat districts. Noted rivers are Payra, bishkhali and Baleshwar. Average annual temperature: maximum 33.3C and minimum 12.1C; annual rainfall 2506 mm (1997).

Barguna (Town) consists of 9 wards and 18 mahallas with an area of 15.57 sq km. The town has a population of 26484; male 53.89%, female 46.11%. Barguna municipality was established in 1973. The literacy rate among the town people is 56.6%. The town has three dakbungalows.



Administration:

Barguna thana was established at the end of the eighteenth century. It was elevated to a sub-division in 1969 and the sub-division was turned into a district in 1984. The district consists of 5 upazilas, 38 union parishads, 238 mouzas, 560 villages, 4 municipalities, 44 wards and 49 mahallas. The upazilas are barguna sadar, amtali, patharghata, betagi, bamna.

Administration:

Over 98% of the population are Bengalis while the remainder are Biharis, Khasia, Manipuri and Tripuri people. The total population is 1,757,331 (49.94% male and 50.06% female), which can be further breakdown as 80.23% Muslim, 19.12% Hindu, 0.05% Buddhist, 0.13% Christian and 0.47% others. Sex Distribution: 49.94% male, 50.06% female. Life Expectancy: 56 years male, 56 years female. Age Breakdown: 42% (under 15); 26% (15-29); 16% (30-44); 9% (45-59); 5% (60 and 60+); and 2% (not known). Birth Rate: 33.0 per 1,000. Death Rate: 11.4 per 1,000. Increase Rate: 21.6 per 1,000. Infant Mortality Rate: 98.0 per 1,000 live births.

Population:

Population 837955; male 49.88%, female 50.12%; Muslim 91.01%, Hindu 8.69%, Christian 0.04%, Buddhist 0.24% and others 0.02%.

Religious institutions:

Mosque 2168, temple 297, Buddhist pagoda 13, church 1and tomb 13.

Main occupations:

Agriculture 50.53%, fishing 3.96%, agricultural labourer 15.27%, wage labourer 3.81%, commerce 10.01%, construction 1.29%, service 4.86%, others 10.27%.

Traditional transport:

Palanquin (extinct) and country boat.

Main hats, bazars and fairs:

Noted hats and bazars are Phuljhuri, Chandkhali, Kakchira, Charduani, Badnikhali, Bagi, Amtali, Bamna, Babuganj, Patharghata, and Pachakoralia.

Health centres:

General hospital 1, upazila health complex 4, union health and family welfare centre 29, maternity and child health care centre 1, satellite clinic 6, charitable health centre 4.



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