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Yangle Kharka, a place in Sankhuwasabha
Location of Sankhuwasabha in province
|Province||Province No. 1|
|• Type||Coordination committee|
|• Body||DCC, Sankhuwasabha|
|• Head||Suman Shakya|
|• Deputy-Head||Ambika Bhujel|
|• Parliamentary constituencies||1|
|• Provincial constituencies||2|
|• Total||3,480 km2 (1,340 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||8,463 m (27,766 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||457 m (1,499 ft)|
|• Density||46/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|• Ethnic groups||Rai, Chettri Tamang, Kulung, Sherpa, Limbu, Gurung|
|• Female ♀||53%|
|Human Development Index|
|• Income per capita (US dollars)||$1,193|
|• Poverty rate||21%|
|• Life Expectancy||68.4|
|Time zone||UTC+05:45 (NPT)|
|Main Language(s)||Nepali, limbu, Rai|
Sankhuwasabha District (Nepali: सङ्खुवासभा जिल्ला Listen (help·info)) is one of 14 districts of Province No. 1 of eastern Nepal. The district's area is 3,480 km² with a population of 159,203 in 2001 and 158,742 in 2011. The administrative center is Khandbari.
Bordering districts are Bhojpur, Terhathum and Dhankuta in Koshi Zone; Solukhumbu in Sagarmatha Zone; and Taplejung in Mechi Zone. Tingri County of Shigatse Prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China borders to the north.
Geography and climate
|Climate Zone||Elevation Range||% of Area|
|Lower Tropical||below 300 meters (1,000 ft)||0.3%|
|Upper Tropical||300 to 1,000 meters
1,000 to 3,300 ft.
|Subtropical||1,000 to 2,000 meters
3,300 to 6,600 ft.
|Temperate||2,000 to 3,000 meters
6,400 to 9,800 ft.
|Subalpine||3,000 to 4,000 meters
9,800 to 13,100 ft.
|Alpine||4,000 to 5,000 meters
13,100 to 16,400 ft.
|Nival||above 5,000 meters||20.4%|
The Arun River enters from Tibet at an elevation of about 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) and flows south across the district, forming one of the world's deepest valleys relative to 8,481 meter Makalu to the west and 8,586 meter Kangchenjunga to the east.
At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, Sankhuwasabha District had a population of 158,742. Of these, 46.2% spoke Nepali, 8.8% Tamang, 8.0% Sherpa, 6.6% Kulung, 5.0% Limbu, 4.3% Yakkha, 3.2% Yamphu, 2.9% Gurung, 2.3% Magar, 2.2% Rai, 1.9% Newari, 1.8% Lohorung, 1.6% Mewahang, 1.1% Khaling, 0.9% Chamling and 0.6% Thulung as their first language.
- The Map of Potential Vegetation of Nepal - a forestry/agroecological/biodiversity classification system (PDF), Forest & Landscape Development and Environment Series 2-2005 and CFC-TIS Document Series No.110., 2005, ISBN 87-7903-210-9, retrieved Nov 22, 2013
- 2011 Nepal Census, Social Characteristics Tables
- "Districts of Nepal". Statoids.
- "Sankhuwasabha District". Sankhuwasabha.com. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
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