Meulaboh (or Moulabouh) is the capital of West Aceh Regency, Indonesia.

Meulaboh
Town
Other transcription(s)
 • Jawiملابوه
The great mosque of Meulaboh after the 2004 tsunami.
Meulaboh is located in Indonesia
Meulaboh
Meulaboh
Coordinates: 4°8′N 96°7′E / 4.133°N 96.117°E / 4.133; 96.117Coordinates: 4°8′N 96°7′E / 4.133°N 96.117°E / 4.133; 96.117
CountryIndonesia
ProvinceAceh
Area
 • Total44.91 km2 (17.34 sq mi)
Population
 (2020 Census)
 • Total64,646
 [1]
Time zoneUTC+7 (WIB)

GeographyEdit

Meulaboh is about 245 km southeast of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province. Meulaboh is located in the western part of Sumatra island.

2004 Indian Ocean earthquake eventEdit

 
Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) vehicle from USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) is delivering materials and supplies needed by the citizens of Meulaboh.

"The casualty rates in Meulaboh defy imagination,"[This quote needs a citation] said Aitor Lacomba, Indonesian director of aid group International Rescue Committee. "Tens of thousands need immediate assistance there."[This quote needs a citation]

A damaged airstrip was cleared, enabling International Red Cross medical teams from Japan, Spain and Singapore to begin treating survivors. Red Cross engineer Sara Escudero said "There is a strong smell of putrefaction and, whilst body retrieval has commenced, it can be assumed that there are still hundreds, possibly thousands of bodies remaining underneath the debris".[This quote needs a citation]

The Red Cross said it would use Meulaboh as an aid staging post for the Sumatran west coast. The government of Singapore deployed two helicopter landing ships there.

The town was largely devastated, with around 80 percent of buildings destroyed and at least 10,000 dead out of the town's population of 50-60 thousand.[2][3] Only 23,000 people could be accounted for a week after the tsunami, although many were not accounted for as they were not in refugee camps, but resided in deserted houses.[4]

ClimateEdit

Meulaboh has a tropical rainforest climate (Af) with heavy to very heavy rainfall year-round.

Climate data for Meulaboh
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30.0
(86.0)
30.9
(87.6)
32.0
(89.6)
32.5
(90.5)
32.0
(89.6)
32.2
(90.0)
31.8
(89.2)
31.9
(89.4)
31.2
(88.2)
31.2
(88.2)
30.2
(86.4)
29.8
(85.6)
31.3
(88.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.5
(79.7)
26.8
(80.2)
27.5
(81.5)
28.0
(82.4)
27.9
(82.2)
27.9
(82.2)
27.4
(81.3)
27.5
(81.5)
27.2
(81.0)
27.4
(81.3)
26.7
(80.1)
26.4
(79.5)
27.3
(81.1)
Average low °C (°F) 23.0
(73.4)
22.8
(73.0)
23.0
(73.4)
23.6
(74.5)
23.8
(74.8)
23.6
(74.5)
23.0
(73.4)
23.2
(73.8)
23.2
(73.8)
23.7
(74.7)
23.3
(73.9)
23.1
(73.6)
23.3
(73.9)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 250
(9.8)
244
(9.6)
258
(10.2)
384
(15.1)
269
(10.6)
225
(8.9)
239
(9.4)
247
(9.7)
323
(12.7)
348
(13.7)
339
(13.3)
315
(12.4)
3,441
(135.4)
Source: Climate-Data.org[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Badan Pusat Sttistik, Jakarta, 2021.
  2. ^ "80% Kota Meulaboh Hancur". detiknews (in Indonesian). 28 December 2004. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Korban Tsunami di Meulaboh Dikuburkan Secara Massal". liputan6.com (in Indonesian). 7 January 2005. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Lebih 1/2 Populasi Meulaboh Meninggal & Hilang". detiknews (in Indonesian). 3 January 2005. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Climate: Meulaboh". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 5 November 2020.

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