Malakal

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Malakal
Malakal Marketplace Aug 2005
Malakal Marketplace Aug 2005
Malakal is located in South Sudan
Malakal
Malakal
Location in South Sudan
Coordinates: 09°33′00″N 31°39′00″E / 9.55000°N 31.65000°E / 9.55000; 31.65000
Country  South Sudan
State Upper Nile
County Malakal County
Elevation 385 m (1,263 ft)
Population (2010 est)
 • Total 139,434

Malakal (Arabic: ملكال Malakāl‎) is a city in South Sudan.

Location[edit]

The city of Malakal is located in Malakal County, Upper Nile State, in the northeast of South Sudan, close to the International borders with the Republic of Sudan and with Ethiopia. The town is located on the banks of the White Nile, just north of its confluence with the Sobat River.

This location lies approximately 650 kilometres (400 mi), by road, directly north of Juba, the capital of South Sudan and the largest city in that county.[1]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Malakal
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 36
(96)
37
(99)
39
(102)
38
(101)
36
(97)
33
(91)
31
(88)
31
(88)
32
(90)
34
(93)
36
(96)
36
(96)
34.9
(94.8)
Average low °C (°F) 18
(65)
19
(67)
22
(71)
23
(74)
23
(73)
22
(71)
22
(71)
22
(71)
22
(71)
22
(71)
19
(67)
18
(65)
21
(69.8)
Precipitation mm (inches) 0.0
(0)
0.4
(0.016)
6.7
(0.264)
26.9
(1.059)
97.4
(3.835)
107.8
(4.244)
163.9
(6.453)
170.2
(6.701)
117.8
(4.638)
75.6
(2.976)
3.6
(0.142)
0.0
(0)
770.3
(30.328)
Source #1: Weatherbase[2]
Source #2: WMO[3]

Overview[edit]

Malakal is the capital of Upper Nile State, South Sudan . It also serves as the headquarters of Malakal County, in which it is located.

During the Second Sudanese Civil War, the town was a garrison town of the Khartoum-based Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF). Following South Sudan's independence on 9 July 2011, the troops from the Republic of Sudan have retreated from Malakal. Malakal was the site of the November 2006 Battle of Malakal.

Transportation[edit]

A major road linking Malakal with the town of Kurmuk at the border with Ethiopia is under repairs and renovations to asphalt surface. The road is expected to be ready for commissioning by May 2013.[4] The city of Malakal is also served by Malakal International Airport, one of the two International airports in South Sudan, the other being Juba International Airport. Water traffic on the White Nile River can travel as far north as Khartoum in the Republic of Sudan, and as far south as Adok in Lakes State.

Newspapers[edit]

Malakal has very limited newspapers circulated in hardcopy form. However, the Juba based 'Citizen' is widely read around the town. In the eve of Independence day on July 9, 2011, The Upper Nile Times online newspaper was launched. The website for this online digital newspaper is no longer active, with the domain name being available for purchase.

Population[edit]

As of 2005 the population of Malakal was estimated at about 129,620.[5] The 2008 Sudanese census, which was boycotted by the South Sudanese government, recorded a population of about 126,500.[6] However, those results are disputed by the authorities in Juba. In 2010, it was estimated that the population of Malakal had grown to about 139,450.[7] Below is a table depicting the estimated population of the city from 1983 until 2010 from all sources:

Year Population[7]
1983 33,750
1993 72,000
2005 129,620
2008 126,500
2010 139,450

Points of interest[edit]

The following points of interest are found in or near the town of Malakal:

Photogallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Distance between Juba () (Airport) and Malakal () (Airport) (Sudan)". Distancecalculator.globefeed.com. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  2. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Malakal, South Sudan". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on November 24, 2011.
  3. ^ "World Weather Information Service - Malakal". World Meteorological Organization.  Retrieved on December 31, 2011.
  4. ^ "Contractors rush for South Sudan contracts - News". Theeastafrican.co.ke. 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  5. ^ "Google Drive Viewer". Docs.google.com. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  6. ^ "Malakal’s water woes | The Window". Imeechan.com. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  7. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ [3][dead link]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 09°33′00″N 31°39′00″E / 9.55000°N 31.65000°E / 9.55000; 31.65000