Cahora-Bassa District on the map of Mozambique
|• Total||8,712 km2 (3,364 sq mi)|
|Population (2007 census)|
|• Density||10/km2 (27/sq mi)|
Cahora-Bassa District is a district of Tete Province in western Mozambique. Its administrative center is the town of Chitima. The district is located in the southwest of the province, and borders with Marávia District in the north, Chiuta District in the northeast, Changara District in the east, Zimbabwe in the south, and with Magoé District in the west. The area of the district is 8,712 square kilometres (3,364 sq mi). It has a population of 89,956 as of 2007.
The climate is predominantly hot semi-arid modified locally by altitude, with two distinct seasons, the rainy season (very short) and the dry season (very long). The average annual precipitation is about 635 mm, while annual potential evapotranspiration is about 1623 mm. Most rainfall occurs mainly in the period between December and February, varying significantly in quantitade and distribution from year to year. The average annual temperature is 26°C.
As of 2005, 48% of the population of the district was younger than 15 years. 79% of the population was rural. 40% of the population spoke Portuguese. The most common mothertongue among the population was Cinyungwe. 64% were analphabetic, mostly women.
9% of the households in the district have access to electricity.
There is a road network in the district which is 576 kilometres (358 mi) long.
- "Perfil do Distrito de Cahora Bassa" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Ministry of State Administration. 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 November 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
- "População da Provincia de Tete". Censo 2007 (in Portuguese). Instituto Nacional de Estatística. Archived from the original on 8 March 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2008.