Puli Khumri

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Puli Khumri
پل خمری
View of the city
View of the city
Puli Khumri is located in Afghanistan
Puli Khumri
Puli Khumri
Location in Afghanistan
Coordinates: 35°57′N 68°42′E / 35.950°N 68.700°E / 35.950; 68.700Coordinates: 35°57′N 68°42′E / 35.950°N 68.700°E / 35.950; 68.700
Country  Afghanistan
Province Baghlan Province
District Puli Khumri District
Elevation 635 m (2,083 ft)
Population (2007)
 • City 58,300
 • Urban 221,274[1]
Time zone UTC+4:30

Puli Khumri (Persian:پل خمری) is a city in northern Afghanistan. It is the capital of Baghlan Province and as of 2002 had a population of 60,000. The spoken language is mainly Persian and the vast majority in this city are ethnic Tajiks.[2] The city of Puli Khumri has a population of 221,274 (in 2015). [3] it has 6 districts and a total land area of 3,752 Hectares. [4] The total number of dwellings in this city are 24,586.[5]


Climate[edit]

With an influence from the local steppe climate, Puli Khumri features a cold semi-arid climate (BSk) under the Köppen climate classification. The average temperature in Puli Khumri is 15.9 °C, while the annual precipitation averages 282 mm.

July is the hottest month of the year with an average temperature of 28.5 °C. The coldest month January has an average temperature of 3.0 °C.

Climate data for Puli Khumri
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 8.3
(46.9)
10.9
(51.6)
16.2
(61.2)
21.8
(71.2)
28.7
(83.7)
35.3
(95.5)
37.1
(98.8)
35.9
(96.6)
31.6
(88.9)
24.8
(76.6)
15.7
(60.3)
9.6
(49.3)
22.99
(73.38)
Daily mean °C (°F) 3.0
(37.4)
5.7
(42.3)
10.7
(51.3)
16.0
(60.8)
21.3
(70.3)
26.5
(79.7)
28.5
(83.3)
27.0
(80.6)
22.5
(72.5)
16.5
(61.7)
9.1
(48.4)
4.2
(39.6)
15.92
(60.66)
Average low °C (°F) −2.2
(28)
0.6
(33.1)
5.3
(41.5)
10.2
(50.4)
14.0
(57.2)
17.8
(64)
19.9
(67.8)
18.1
(64.6)
13.4
(56.1)
8.2
(46.8)
2.5
(36.5)
−1.1
(30)
8.89
(48)
Source: Climate-Data.org[6]

Land use[edit]

Puli Khumri is a trading and transit hub in northeastern Afghanistan.[7] Agricultural lands account for the largest land use (65%), with the majority of that land in Districts 3, 5 and 6.[8] Districts 1 and 2 have the highest dwelling densities but District 5 is home to the most dwelling units.[9] Puli Khumri has a diverse housing stock consisting of regular, irregular and hillside houses as well as apartment buildings.[10]

Economy[edit]

There are two dams in Puli Khumri, which provides the necessary electricity.

Afghanistan's first cement factory was built in 1954 in Puli Khumri with financial support from Czechoslovakia. It is owned by Mahmud Karzai, the brother of Hamid Karzai. The limestone is mined from the hill behind the factory.[11]

There is a coal mine outside of the city in the village Kan-kan, but the production system is archaic.

Agriculture is very important because of the rain and temperature; wheat and rice are the main crops.

Provincial Reconstruction Team[edit]

Hungary headed a Provincial Reconstruction Team in the city until March 2013.[12]

Electrical transmission lines built from Puli Khumri are now bringing a steady supply of electricity to Kabul.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The State of Afghan Cities report 2015". 
  2. ^ Dupree, Nancy Hatch (1977) [1st Edition: 1970]. An Historical Guide to Afghanistan (2nd Edition, Revised and Enlarged ed.). Afghan Tourist Organization. 
  3. ^ "The State of Afghan Cities report2015". 
  4. ^ "The State of Afghan Cities report 2015". 
  5. ^ "The State of Afghan Cities report2015". 
  6. ^ "Climate: Puli Khumri - Climate-Data.org". Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "The State of Afghan Cities report 2015". 
  8. ^ "The State of Afghan Cities report 2015". 
  9. ^ "The State of Afghan Cities report 2015". 
  10. ^ "The State of Afghan Cities report 2015". 
  11. ^ Magyar, Honvedseg (2010). "Baghlan taromány CIMIC kézikönyve" (PDF). Magyar Honvédség ÖHP. 
  12. ^ McMahon, Robert (October 20, 2005). "Afghanistan: PRTs Spreading, Though Impact Remains Unclear". Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Retrieved 2007-12-19.