Bhola Island

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Native name: ভোলা
Bhola Island is located in Bangladesh
Bhola Island
Bhola Island (Bangladesh)
Location Bay of Bengal
Coordinates 22°30′N 90°45′E / 22.500°N 90.750°E / 22.500; 90.750Coordinates: 22°30′N 90°45′E / 22.500°N 90.750°E / 22.500; 90.750
Area 1,441 km2 (556 sq mi)
Length 90 km (56 mi)
Width 25 km (15.5 mi)
Demonym Bholaya
Population 1,675,000
Density 1,162.39 /km2 (3,010.58 /sq mi)

Bhola Island (also called Dakhin Shahbazpur) is the largest island of Bangladesh with an area of 1441 km². It is most of the land area of Bhola District in Barisal Division.[1]

It is situated at the mouth of the Meghna River. There are ferry and launch services from Dhaka and Barisal.[2]

In 1995, half of the island became flooded, leaving 500,000 people homeless.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Md Sakhaowat Hossain (2012). "Bhola District". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  2. ^ "About Bhola Island". Bhola's Children. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "In Flood-Prone Bangladesh, a Future That Floats", Emily Wax, Washington Post, September 27, 2007