Pangkalan Bun

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Pangkalan Bun
Town
An aerial view of Pangkalan Bun
An aerial view of Pangkalan Bun
Pangkalan Bun is located in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.
Pangkalan Bun is located in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.
Pangkalan Bun
Location of Pangkalan Bun on Kalimantan.
Coordinates: 2°41′S 111°37′E / 2.683°S 111.617°E / -2.683; 111.617Coordinates: 2°41′S 111°37′E / 2.683°S 111.617°E / -2.683; 111.617
Province Central Kalimantan
Regency West Kotawaringin
District South Arut
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)
Kode Pos 74110

Pangkalan Bun or Pangkalanbuun is a town (population: around 200,000)[1] in Central Kalimantan (Kalimantan Tengah) province on Borneo in Indonesia. It is the administrative headquarters of South Arut (Arut Selatan) district (kecamatan) and also the capital of West Kotawaringin Regency in the southwest part of central Kalimantan.

Pangkalan Bun is served by Iskandar airport. Multiple airlines fly into Iskandar airport. Shipping services provide connections to Jakarta, Surabaya, and Semarang.[2]

Birutė Galdikas established her base, Camp Leakey, for the study and conservation of orangutans about 30 miles (48 km) from Pangkalan Bun up the Sekonyer River.[2] The site has expanded from the original hut in 1971. Its facilities, supported by the Orangutan Foundation International, are a part of the Tanjung Puting National Park.[3]

Crash of AirAsia QZ 8501[edit]

Iskandar Airport is one of the operation centres being used to support search operations following the crash of AirAsia QZ 8501 on 28 December 2014 in nearby Karimata Strait. Shortly after the crash, the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS, or Badan SAR Nasional) established a post in Iskandar airport to coordinate the search. The head of the agency, Air Marshal Bambang Sulistyo, took close personal command of operations.[4]

Following confirmation of the crash, Indonesian agencies prepared over 160 coffins in Pangkalan Bun so as to be ready, in accordance with Indonesian practice, to take care of those who died as quickly as possible.[5] After reception in Pangkalan Bun, the plan was to return the bodies of the people who died to their families, mostly in Surabaya in East Java where Flight QZ 8501 originated from.[6]

Geography[edit]

Pangkalan Bun is 24 metres (79 ft) above sea-level.[7]

Climate[edit]

There no real dry season in Pangkalan Bun, but between June through October, the town receives less than 200 millimetres (7.9 in) of precipitation per month (in contrast to the other months which receive at least 250 millimetres (9.8 in) per month).

Climate data for PANGKALANBUUN, INDONESIA
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
(84)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
29
(84)
30
(86)
Daily mean °C (°F) 27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
Average low °C (°F) 23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
24
(75)
25
(77)
24
(75)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
24
(75)
24
(75)
23
(73)
24
(75)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 250
(9.84)
250
(9.84)
270
(10.63)
270
(10.63)
280
(11.02)
180
(7.09)
170
(6.69)
160
(6.3)
170
(6.69)
190
(7.48)
290
(11.42)
330
(12.99)
2,860
(112.6)
Source: [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ This is an estimate. Various media reports mention a figure of around 200,000. The total population of the West Kotawaringin Regency, of which Pangkalan Bun is the capital, is put at around 250,000 in 2010. The majority of the population of the Regency are believed to live in or nearby to Pangkalan Bun.
  2. ^ a b Among the Orangutans: The Birute Galdikas Story, p. PA13, at Google Books
  3. ^ "About Camp Leakey". Orangutan Foundation International. Retrieved 2015-01-01. 
  4. ^ Indra Harsaputra and Wahyoe Boediwardhana, 'Hope fades as debris found', The Jakarta Post, 31 December 2014.
  5. ^ 'Six AirAsia bodies recovered, says Basarnas', The Jakarta Post, 31 December 2014.
  6. ^ 'Two bodies of AirAsia victims arrive in Surabaya', The Jakarta Post, 31 December 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Pangkalanbuun, Indonesia Travel Weather Averages". Weatherbase. Retrieved 2015-01-01.