Mid-Western Development Region, Nepal

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मध्य-पश्चिमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र
Bikās Kshetraa
Location of मध्य-पश्चिमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र
Coordinates: 28°36′N 81°38′E / 28.600°N 81.633°E / 28.600; 81.633Coordinates: 28°36′N 81°38′E / 28.600°N 81.633°E / 28.600; 81.633
Country   Nepal
RegionMid-Western Development Region
HeadquartersBirendranagar, Surkhet District, Bheri Zone
 • Total42,378 km2 (16,362 sq mi)
 (2011 Census)
 • Total3,546,682
 • Density84/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5:45 (NPT)

Mid-Western Development Region (Nepali: मध्य पश्चिमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र - Madhya Pashchimānchal Bikās Kshetra) is one of Nepal's five development regions. It is in the west-central part of the country. Its headquarters are at Birendranagar, Surkhet.

Geography[change | change source]

The Mid-Western Development Region has the Western Development Region to the east, Uttar Pradesh (India) to the south, the Far-Western Development Region to the west and the Tibet Autonomous Region (People's Republic of China) to the north.

It is the largest Development Region of Nepal with an area of 42,378 square kilometres (16,362 square miles). It is the fourth in population with 3,546,682 people living there.[1] Its population density is the lowest of all the regions, with 83.7 persons/km2.

The most important river in the Mid-Western Development Region is the Karnali or Kauriala, known as Ghaghara in India. It is an important left tributary of the Ganges river. Its length in Nepal is 507 kilometres (315 miles), the largest river of the country.

Some of the tributaries of the Karnali are the Humla Karnali , west Rapti, Tila karnali, Bheri

The biggest lake of Nepal, Lake Rara, is in this region, in the Mugu district of the Karnali Zone.

Cities[change | change source]

Some cities of this region are Birendranagar, Chinchu, Babiyachour, Tribhuvannagar (Ghorahi), Nepalgunj, and Tulsipur.

Administrative subdivisions[change | change source]

The region has 3 Zones with a total of 15 Districts:

Zone Population[2]
Pop. density
Number Names
Bheri 1,701,767 10,545 161.4 5 Banke, Bardiya, Dailekh, Jajarkot, Surkhet
Karnali 388,713 21,351 18.2 5 Dolpa, Humla, Jumla, Kalikot, Mugu
Rapti 1,456,202 10,482 138.9 5 Dang Deokhuri, Pyuthan, Rolpa, Rukum, Salyan
Total 3,546,682 42,378 83.7 15

References[change | change source]

  1. "National Population and Housing Census 2011" (PDF). Central Bureau of Statistics. Kathmandu, Nepal. November 2012. Archived from the original (pdf) on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  2. "Nepal: Administrative Division". City Population. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  3. "Regions of Nepal". Statoids. 2012-12-07. Retrieved 12 October 2013.

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