Fatick

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Fatick
Town
Fatick is located in Senegal
Fatick
Fatick
Coordinates: 14°20′0″N 16°24′25″W / 14.33333°N 16.40694°W / 14.33333; -16.40694Coordinates: 14°20′0″N 16°24′25″W / 14.33333°N 16.40694°W / 14.33333; -16.40694
Country  Senegal
Region Fatick Region
Population (2005)
 • Total 24,243
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Fatick is a town in Senegal, located between M'bour and Kaolack and inhabited by the Serer people. Its 2005 population was estimated at 24,243.[1] It is the capital of the Fatick Region.

History[edit]

The city has several ancient sites classified as historical monuments and added to the World heritage list.[2] There is also the site of Mind Ngo Mindiss where libations and offerings are made, located in the Sine River. These holy sites including Ndiobaye where traditional ceremonies takes place; Ndeb Jab, which houses a sacred tree at Ndiaye-Ndiaye etc., are all sacred places in Serer religion. The Xoy ceremony (or Khoy) performed by the Serer high priests and priestesses (the Saltigues) takes place at Fatick once a year.[3]

Administration[edit]

It is the capital of the Fatick Region and the Fatick Department.

Geography[edit]

The nearest towns are Nerane, Pourham, Mbirk Pourham and Tok. Dakar, the capital of Senegal is located 155 km away.[4]

Climate[edit]

Under Köppen-Geiger climate classification system, it has a hot semi-arid climate (BSh).

Climate data for Fatick
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 32.7
(90.9)
34.5
(94.1)
36.5
(97.7)
37
(99)
37.1
(98.8)
35.8
(96.4)
33.4
(92.1)
32.1
(89.8)
32.5
(90.5)
34.6
(94.3)
35.4
(95.7)
32.8
(91)
34.53
(94.19)
Daily mean °C (°F) 23.7
(74.7)
25
(77)
27
(81)
27.8
(82)
28.6
(83.5)
29.2
(84.6)
28.3
(82.9)
27.4
(81.3)
27.5
(81.5)
28.1
(82.6)
27
(81)
24.3
(75.7)
26.99
(80.65)
Average low °C (°F) 14.8
(58.6)
15.6
(60.1)
17.5
(63.5)
18.6
(65.5)
20.2
(68.4)
22.6
(72.7)
23.2
(73.8)
22.8
(73)
22.6
(72.7)
21.7
(71.1)
18.7
(65.7)
15.8
(60.4)
19.51
(67.13)
Precipitation mm (inches) 1
(0.04)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1
(0.04)
36
(1.42)
123
(4.84)
223
(8.78)
180
(7.09)
44
(1.73)
2
(0.08)
1
(0.04)
611
(24.06)
Source: Climate-Data.org (altitude: 7m)[5]

Population[edit]

In the censuses of 1988 and 2002, the estimate population figures were 18,416 and 23,149 respectively. In 2007, according to official estimates, the population was 24,855.

Economy[edit]

Since the peanut trade is losing momentum, salt marshes are the main local resource.

Notable people from Fatick[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Esimation de la Population du Senegal" (in French). Government of Senegal. Retrieved 2009-01-13. [dead link]
  2. ^ Senegal culture (gov web), retrieved 27 March 2003 [1]
  3. ^ Révélation de saltigué : Touba va accueillir la dépouille d’une célébrité venue de Dakar (2001 Xoy) [in] La Sénégalaise, published 6/6/2011, (Retrieved : 13 July 2012)
  4. ^ Dakar and its surroundings, map 1/16 000, 2007-2008 edition
  5. ^ "Climate: Fatick - Climate graph, Temperature graph, Climate table". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 2013-11-30.