Chlef (Arabic: ولاية الشلف, Berber: ⴰⴳⴻⵣⴷⵓ ⵏ ⵛⵍⴻⴼ) (formerly known as El Asnam) is a province (wilaya) in Algeria. Its capital and biggest city is Chlef. It is the 8th most populous province in the country, having just over 1 million inhabitants.

Chlef Province
ولاية الشلف
The coast of Chlef Province
The coast of Chlef Province
Map of Algeria highlighting Chlef
Map of Algeria highlighting Chlef
Coordinates: 36°10′N 01°20′E / 36.167°N 1.333°E / 36.167; 1.333
Country Algeria
 • PPA presidentMohamed Meheni (FLN)
 • WāliMr. Lakhdar Sedas
 • Total4,975 km2 (1,921 sq mi)
 • Total1,013,718
 • Density200/km2 (530/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01 (CET)
Area Code+213 (0) 27
ISO 3166 codeDZ-02

Chlef Province is an important agricultural region, as it is located on the plain of the Middle Chelif Basin and has access to an abundance of water resources. 65.43% of the province is dedicated to agriculture. Other notable industries in the province include breeding, glass production, and plastic processing.[2] As well as these industries, Chlef Province is also home to two dams.

Being located in the Atlas Mountains, Chlef also has a sizeable seismic risk, being struck by a 6.7 magnitude earthquake in 1954 and a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in 1980.[3]

History edit

The province was originally named El Asnam until 1980 when it became known at Ech Chéliff, later known as Chlef.

In 1980, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the province, killing up to 5,000 and displacing 300,000.

In 1984, Aïn Defla Province was carved out of its territory.[why?]

Geography edit

Location edit

The province of Chlef is located at the Western Tell 200 km west of Algiers.

Administrative divisions edit

The province is divided into 13 districts (daïras), which are further divided into 35 communes or municipalities.

Districts edit

Communes edit

No.[4][5] Commune [4][5] Arabic [4] Population [5]
01 Chlef الشلف 146,157
02 Ténès تنس 34,332
03 Benairia (Bénairia) بنايرية 13,509
04 El Karimia الكريمية 25,060
05 Tadjna (Tadjena) تأجنة 22,155
06 Taougrit (Taougrite) تاوقريت 24,267
07 Beni Haoua بنى حواء 17,602
08 Sobha صبحة 28,646
09 Harchoun (Harchoune) حرشون 14,869
10 Ouled Fares أولاد فارس 30,068
11 Sidi Akkacha سيدى عكاشة 23,374
12 Boukadir بوقادير 41,655
13 Beni Rached بنى راشد 21,069
14 Talassa (Telassa) تلعصة 10,175
15 Harenfa (Herenfa) الھرنفة 16,356
16 Oued Gousine (Oued Goussine) وادى قوسين 5,439
17 Dahra الظھرة 21,284
18 Ouled Abbes أولاد عباس 7,330
19 Sendjas السنجاس 26,228
20 Zeboudja الزبوجة 23,079
21 Oued Sly وادى سلى 41,245
22 Abou El Hassen (Abou El Hassan) أبو الحسن 20,164
23 El Marsa المرسى 9,726
24 Chettia الشطية 59,960
25 Sidi Abderrahmane سيدي عبد الرحمان 3,630
26 Moussadek مصدق 5,496
27 El Hadjadj الحجاج 9,245
28 Labiod Medjadja الابيض مجاجة 13,920
29 Oued Fodda وادى الفضة 36,187
30 Ouled Ben Abdelkader أولاد بن عبد القادر 17,385
31 Bouzghaia (Bouzeghaia) بوزغاية 20,268
32 Ain Merane (Aïn Merane, Ain Merrane) عين مران 37,142
33 Oum Drou أم الذروع 17,314
34 Breira بريرة 11,808
35 Beni Bouateb (Beni Bouattab) بنى بوعتاب 2,551

References edit

  1. ^ Office National des Statistiques, Recensement General de la Population et de l’Habitat 2008 Archived July 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Preliminary results of the 2008 population census. Accessed on 2008-07-02.
  2. ^ "Chlef - Annuaire des Entreprises Algériennes El Mouchir". Retrieved 2024-01-15.
  3. ^ Tebbal, F. "Recommendations for the Regional Planning of the Province of Chlef (El Asnam) after Regional Risk Analysis" (PDF).
  4. ^ a b c (in French and Arabic) "Code Geographique National" (PDF). 5ème Recensement General de la Population et de l’Habitat. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-13.
  5. ^ a b c "Repartition des Sieges des Assemblees Populaires Communales: 01 — Wilaya d'Adrar" (PDF). Journal Officiel de la République Algérienne (in French) (47). 10 July 2002.

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