Nacala

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Nacala
Cidade de Nacala
The beach at Nacala
The beach at Nacala
Nickname(s): Nacala-Porto
Nacala is located in Mozambique
Nacala
Nacala
Coordinates: 14°27′S 40°40′E / 14.450°S 40.667°E / -14.450; 40.667
Country  Mozambique
Provinces Nampula Province
Government
 • Presidente do Municipio Chale Ossufo
Population (2007)
 • Total 207,894

Nacala, also known as Cidade de Nacala or Nacala-Porto is on the northern coast of Mozambique is the deepest natural port on the east coast of Africa. It serves as the terminal for the Nacala Railway, a rail link to the landlocked Malawi. South of Nacala is Mozambique Island, at one time the capital of Mozambique and now a World Heritage site.

The Nacala Development Corridor, also called "Corredor de Desenvolvimento do Norte" ("CDN"), is an area that reaches westward from Nacala to Malawi and is home to about ten million people.

History[edit]

Nacala was founded as a little town and developed as a deep waters port and an industrial, agricultural and exporting centre during the last period of the Portuguese rule of the territory which ended in the mid-1970s. Among its major industries were cement, sisal and cashew. Other important employers were the seaport, its small modern hospital, and services (banking, insurance and administration).[1]

Industry[edit]

Nacala is site of one of three cement works in Mozambique.

Transport[edit]

Nacala is the terminal of the Nacala Railway that connects to the Central East African Railway (CEAR) of Malawi. The railway system is managed by the Railroad Development Corporation.[2]

It is the location of the Port of Nacala. There is an airbase that will be converted into an airport, the Nacala Airport.

Also constructed is a deep water port in Nacala. See Port of Nacala

Demographics[edit]

Year Population[3]
1980   80,426
1997 164,309
2007 207,894

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Nacala
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 32
(89)
32
(89)
32
(89)
32
(89)
31
(88)
30
(86)
29
(85)
30
(86)
31
(87)
32
(89)
32
(89)
32
(89)
31.3
(87.9)
Average low °C (°F) 19
(67)
19
(67)
19
(67)
18
(65)
17
(63)
16
(61)
16
(60)
15
(59)
16
(61)
18
(64)
18
(65)
19
(66)
17.5
(63.8)
Precipitation mm (inches) 193
(7.6)
193
(7.6)
170
(6.7)
56
(2.2)
13
(0.5)
10
(0.4)
3
(0.1)
8
(0.3)
5
(0.2)
5
(0.2)
33
(1.3)
122
(4.8)
811
(31.9)
Source: Weatherbase [4]

Miscellaneous[edit]

The town is also known for its beaches and scuba diving.

Namesake[edit]

There is another town in Mozambique called Nacala, the port city being called Cidade de Nacala.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nacala - no outro lado do tempo, short film of Nacala, Portuguese Mozambique before independence in 1975.
  2. ^ RDC management
  3. ^ "Mozambique: largest cities and towns and statistics of their population". World Gazetteer. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  4. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Nacala, Mozambique". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on November 24, 2011.

Coordinates: 14°32′34″S 40°40′22″E / 14.54278°S 40.67278°E / -14.54278; 40.67278

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