Bonthe

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Bonthe
Bonthe is located in Sierra Leone
Bonthe
Bonthe
Location in Sierra Leone
Coordinates: 7°31′35″N 12°30′18″W / 7.52639°N 12.50500°W / 7.52639; -12.50500Coordinates: 7°31′35″N 12°30′18″W / 7.52639°N 12.50500°W / 7.52639; -12.50500
Country Flag of Sierra Leone.svg Sierra Leone
Province Southern Province
District Bonthe District
Government
 • Type City council
 • Mayor Layemin Joe Sandi (SLPP)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 10,206 (estimated)
Time zone GMT (UTC-5)

Bonthe is a coastal town located on Sherbro Island in Bonthe District in the southern Province of Sierra Leone. The town lies on the eastern shore of Sherbro Island, on the Sherbro River estuary. Bonthe is about 60 miles south-west of Bo and 187 miles south-east of Freetown.

Bonthe is by far the smallest of Sierra Leone's six municipalities and is directly governed by a city council, headed by a mayor. The municipality of Bonthe had a population of 9,535 in the 2004 census, with a current estimate of 10,206.[1]

The major industry in Bonthe is fishing. In colonial times the town used to be a major trading centre for piassava and other agricultural products.[2]

The population of Bonthe is ethnically diverse, though mainly from the Sherbro, and Mende ethnic groups.

Media[edit]

The local radio station in Bonthe is Radio Bontico 96.4. The Sierra Leone Broadcasting Services (SLBS) TV, is on the air in the city.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Bonthe, Sierra Leone (1960-1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 31.3
(88.3)
32.4
(90.3)
33.1
(91.6)
32.5
(90.5)
31.7
(89.1)
30.1
(86.2)
28.5
(83.3)
28.3
(82.9)
29.4
(84.9)
30.5
(86.9)
31.2
(88.2)
31.1
(88)
30.8
(87.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.7
(80.1)
27.2
(81)
27.8
(82)
28.1
(82.6)
27.5
(81.5)
26.6
(79.9)
25.4
(77.7)
25.3
(77.5)
25.8
(78.4)
26.6
(79.9)
27.0
(80.6)
26.9
(80.4)
26.7
(80.1)
Average low °C (°F) 22.7
(72.9)
22.1
(71.8)
23.4
(74.1)
23.7
(74.7)
23.6
(74.5)
23.3
(73.9)
22.8
(73)
22.9
(73.2)
23.0
(73.4)
23.1
(73.6)
23.4
(74.1)
23.1
(73.6)
23.1
(73.6)
Rainfall mm (inches) 6.2
(0.244)
10.1
(0.398)
25.1
(0.988)
89.1
(3.508)
203.6
(8.016)
574.0
(22.598)
844.2
(33.236)
824.5
(32.461)
557.0
(21.929)
333.6
(13.134)
147.9
(5.823)
49.2
(1.937)
3,664.5
(144.272)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.1 mm) 1 1 3 7 17 24 26 26 24 22 13 4 168
Mean monthly sunshine hours 186.0 176.4 182.9 162.0 148.8 117.0 68.2 49.6 87.0 148.8 159.0 173.6 1,659.3
Source: HKO (mean temperarure data: 1960-1990, all other data: 1961-1990) [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "World Gazetteer: Bonthe". 
  2. ^ Manson, Katrina; Knight, James (2009). Sierra Leone (Bradt Travel Guide). Bucks, UK: Bradt Travel Guides. p. 204. 
  3. ^ "Climate Statistics for Bonthe, Sierra Leone (1960-1990)". Retrieved March 25, 2012.