|Elevation||779 m (2,556 ft)|
|• Urban||32,949 |
|Time zone||Afghanistan Standard Time (UTC+4:30)|
The district's population is 121,200 (as of 2006) - 60% Pashtun, 35% Tajik and 5% Pashai. The city of Mehterlam has a population of 32,949. It has 10 districts and a total land area of 1,397 hectares. The total number of dwellings in this city is 3,661.
The Alishang river pours into Alingar river just south of the district center, and the lands around them are irrigated. Agriculture is the main source of income. Many young men search for work in Iran and Pakistan.
About 59% of the houses were partially or fully destroyed during the wars. Many people fled, but now they are returning.
Mehterlam is located in eastern Afghanistan 40 km from Jalalabad and between two rivers: Alishing and Alingar. It is almost equally divided between built-up land (51%) and non built-up land (49%). Residential land is largely clustered in Districts 1-3. District 1 is also home to a large commercial and institutional area (50 ha).
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