Bhola District:

Bhola District (Barisal Division) an offshore island with an area of 3403.48 sq km, is bounded by lakshmipur and barisal districts on the north, bay of bengal on the south, Lakshmipur and noakhali districts, meghna (lower) river and Shahbazpur Channel on the east, patuakhali district and tentulia river on the west. Zahiruddin, Patila, Dhalchar, Kukri-Mukri and such other chars of different sizes have formed at the river mouths. Annual average temperature highest 32.7C and lowest 11.6C. Annual rainfall 2360 mm (1997).

Bhola (Town) consists of 9 wards and 17 mahallas. It has an area of 12.16 sq km. The town has a population of 39964; male 52.39%, female 47.61%. The literacy rate among the town people is 63.9%. Bhola Municipal town was established in 1920. The town has four dakbungalows.

Administration Bhola sub-division was established under Noakhali district in 1845. At that time its administration centre was at Amania of Daulatkhan. The sub-division was included in Barisal district in 1869. The sub-division was then consisted of Daulatkhan and Burhanuddin Hat Thanas and three outposts such as Taltali, Gazipur and Tazumuddin. The sub-divisional head quarters was shifted from Daulatkhan to Bhola in 1876. It was elevated to a district on 1 February 1984. The district now consists of 7 upazilas, 60 union parishads, 409 mouzas, 460 villages, 5 municipalities, 45 wards and 62 mahallas. The upazilas are bhola sadar, daulatkhan, burhanuddin, tazumuddin, manpura, lalmohan and charfasson.



Population:

Population 1676600; male 51.17%, female 48.83%; Muslim 93.42%, Hindu 6.50%, Christian 0.02%, Buddhist 0.02% and others 0.04%.

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 2200, temple 123, tomb 4, math 5, akhra 1.

Main occupations:

Agriculture 38.74%, fishing 5.9%, agricultural labourer 24.52%, wage labourer 4.67%, business 9%, service 4.47%, construction 1.11%, others 11.59%.

Traditional transport:

Palanquin (extinct) and bullock cart (nearly extinct).

Main hats, bazars and fairs:

Hats and bazars are 180, most noted of which are Bank Hat, Deola, Ramnewaz, Charfasson, Goldar, Letorganj, Chairman Bazar, Daulatkhan Hat, Bangla Bazar, Ramaganj, Hariganj, Nazirpur, Yasinganj, Tazumuddin, etc; fair 6, most noted of which are Bhuban Thakur Mela (Tazumuddin) and Krishna Prasad Mela (Manpura).

Health centres:

District Hospital 1, Upazila Health Complex 7, Health and Family Planning Centre 41, Satellite Clinic 11.



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