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Andilamena is located in Madagascar
Location in Madagascar
Coordinates: 17°1′S 48°35′E / 17.017°S 48.583°E / -17.017; 48.583
Country  Madagascar
Region Alaotra-Mangoro
District Andilamena
Elevation[1] 932 m (3,058 ft)
Population (2001)[2]
 • Total 21,000
Time zone EAT (UTC3)
Climate Cwa

Andilamena is a town and commune (Malagasy: kaominina) in Madagascar. It belongs to the district of Andilamena, which is a part of Alaotra-Mangoro Region. The population of the commune was estimated to be approximately 21,000 in 2001 commune census.[2]

In addition to primary schooling the town offers secondary education at both junior and senior levels. The town provides access to hospital services to its citizens. The majority 65% of the population of the commune are farmers, while an additional 10% receives their livelihood from raising livestock. The most important crop is rice, while other important products are peanuts, maize and cassava. Industry and services provide employment for 1% and 24% of the population, respectively.[2]

Main street in Andilamena


Andilamena, it is at this place, in October 2000, where an important ruby deposit was discovered. It caused a rush that definitely transformed this big rural village lost in the middle of nowhere. In 2002, a new sapphire deposit was discovered at a place called Andribabe. Some remarkable samples of royal blue color remind those of Burma. In November 2013 a new sapphire and ruby deposit was discovered at the place said Sahalava, 30 kilometers north of Andilamena.

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References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Estimated based on DEM data from Shuttle Radar Topography Mission
  2. ^ a b c "ILO census data". Cornell University. 2002. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 

Coordinates: 17°1′S 48°35′E / 17.017°S 48.583°E / -17.017; 48.583