Patuakhali District:

Patuakhali District (barisal division) with on area of 3204.58 sq km, is bounded by barisal district on the north, the Bay of Bengal on the south, bhola district on the east, barguna district on the west. The area of the district is composed of some small chars or islands. Maximum temperature 33.3C and minimum 12.1C; annual rainfall 2506 mm. Main rivers are the Andharmanik, Agunmukha, Payra, Lohalia, Patuakhali and Tentulia. The region having been close to the sea, frequently falls victim to tornado and tidal bore.

Patuakhali (Town) consists of 9 wards and 29 mahallas. The area of the town is 5.81 sq km. It has a population of 62439; male 53.68%, female 46.32%. The density of population is 10747 per sq km. The literacy rate among the town people is 61.6%. The town has one dakbungalow.



Administration:

Patuakhali, a subdivision of the then Bakerganj district, was elevated to a district in 1969. It consists of 6 upazilas, 3 municipalties, 27 wards, 61 mahallas, 67 union parishads, 566 mouzas and 882 villages. The upazilas are bauphal, dashmina, galachipa, kalapara, mirzaganj and patuakhali Sadar.

Population:

Population 1444340; male 50.01%, female 49.99%; Muslim 91.45%, Hindu 8.39%, Buddhist 0.13%, Christian 0.03%; ethnic nationals: Rakhains 13300. Density of population per sq km is 397.

Religious institutions:

Mosque 3707, temple 522, church 3, Buddhist vihara 28, pagoda 5, dargah 3, mazar 9, Hindu sacred place 1.

Main occupations:

Agriculture 45.84%, fishing 3.32%, commerce 9.94%, service 6.12%, agricultural labourer 16.72%, wage labourer 4.53%, construction 1.31%, others 12.22%.

Traditional transport:

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

Main hats, bazars and fairs:

Hats and bazars are 230, fair 8.

Health centres:

Zila health centre 1, hospital 4, NGO operated hospital and health centre 2, upazila health complex 6, satellite clinic 19, chest diseases clinic 1, mother and child care centre 1, child care centre 4, family health centre 1, family planning centre 40, private clinic 10, community clinic (proposed) 175.



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