West Sumba Regency

West Sumba Regency (Indonesian: Kabupaten Sumba Barat) is a regency in East Nusa Tenggara Province of Indonesia. Established in 1958,[2] the regency was considerably reduced in 2007 with the creation of new Regencies on Sumba Island. Its area is now 737.42 km2, and its population was 111,993 at the 2010 census[3] and 145,097 at the 2020 Census.[4] It has its seat (capital) in (Kota) Waikabubak.

West Sumba Regency
Kabupaten Sumba Barat
Coat of arms of West Sumba Regency
Location within East Nusa Tenggara
Location within East Nusa Tenggara
West Sumba Regency is located in Sumba
West Sumba Regency
West Sumba Regency
West Sumba Regency is located in Lesser Sunda Islands
West Sumba Regency
West Sumba Regency
West Sumba Regency (Lesser Sunda Islands)
West Sumba Regency is located in Indonesia
West Sumba Regency
West Sumba Regency
West Sumba Regency (Indonesia)
Coordinates: 9°34′00″S 119°27′00″E / 9.5667°S 119.4500°E / -9.5667; 119.4500Coordinates: 9°34′00″S 119°27′00″E / 9.5667°S 119.4500°E / -9.5667; 119.4500
Country Indonesia
RegionLesser Sunda Islands
Province East Nusa Tenggara
CapitalWaikabubak
Government
 • RegentAgustinus Niga Dapawole
 • Vice RegentMarthen Ngailu Toni
Area
 • Total284.72 sq mi (737.42 km2)
Population
 (2020 Census)[1]
 • Total145,097
 • Density510/sq mi (200/km2)
Time zoneUTC+8 (ICST)
Area code(+62) 387
Websitesumbabaratkab.go.id

The region is rather dry. One of the main problems for people living in rural areas in the province is frequent shortages of water. Although there are some local supplies of water from wells and springs, water from these sources often becomes scarce during the long dry seasons. In some villages local non-government organisations, some supported with international assistance, support small projects to improve village water supplies.[5]

Administrative DistrictsEdit

The West Sumba Regency (following the re-organisation in 2007 which created Southwest Sumba Regency and Central Sumba Regency out of parts of West Sumba Regency) is now composed of six districts (kecamatan), whose areas (in km2) and populations at the 2010 Census [6] and 2020 Census[7] are listed below. The table also includes the location of the district headquarters, the number of administrative villages (rural desa and urban kelurahan) in each district, and its postal code.

Name Area
(in km2)
Population
Census
2010
Population
Census
2020
Administrative
centre
Number
of
villages
Post
code
Lamboya 125.65 15,856 22,059 Kabukarudi 11 87271
Wanokata 133.68 14,163 18,811 Pogo Katoda 14 87272
Laboya Barat
(West Laboya)
161.23 7,327 8,815 Hodi 4 87270
Loli 132.36 27,103 38,932 Dokakaka 14 87284
Kota Waikabubak
(Waikabubak town)
44.71 28,874 33,064 Waikabubak 13 87211-87217
Tana Righu 139.79 17,670 23,416 Malata 18 87257
Totals 737.42 110,993 145,097 Waikabubak 74

VillagesEdit

Villages in the area include:

TourismEdit

In 2016 and 2017 Travel + Leisure magazine gave the title of World's Best Hotel (with the highest 98.35 score based on readers' choice) to Nihiwatu Resort (now known as Nihi Sumba[8]). The hotel is one of the leading sectors for ecotourism.[9]

ClimateEdit

Waikabubak has a tropical monsoon climate (Am) with moderate to little rainfall from June to September and heavy to very heavy rainfall from October to May.

Climate data for Waikabubak
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 28.9
(84.0)
28.4
(83.1)
28.9
(84.0)
29.3
(84.7)
28.9
(84.0)
28.2
(82.8)
28.1
(82.6)
28.6
(83.5)
29.4
(84.9)
30.0
(86.0)
29.6
(85.3)
29.2
(84.6)
29.0
(84.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) 23.7
(74.7)
23.5
(74.3)
23.8
(74.8)
23.7
(74.7)
23.1
(73.6)
22.2
(72.0)
21.7
(71.1)
21.9
(71.4)
22.9
(73.2)
23.9
(75.0)
24.4
(75.9)
24.1
(75.4)
23.2
(73.8)
Average low °C (°F) 18.6
(65.5)
18.6
(65.5)
18.7
(65.7)
18.2
(64.8)
17.4
(63.3)
16.3
(61.3)
15.3
(59.5)
15.3
(59.5)
16.4
(61.5)
17.9
(64.2)
19.2
(66.6)
19.0
(66.2)
17.6
(63.6)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 415
(16.3)
365
(14.4)
375
(14.8)
258
(10.2)
181
(7.1)
63
(2.5)
48
(1.9)
30
(1.2)
76
(3.0)
151
(5.9)
292
(11.5)
405
(15.9)
2,659
(104.7)
Source: Climate-Data.org[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2021.
  2. ^ Government of Indonesia (9 August 1958), Establishment of the Second-level Administrative Regions under the First-level Administrative Region of Bali, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara (in Indonesian), Indonesia Ministry of Law and Justice, UU No. 69/1958, retrieved 2007-08-24
  3. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  4. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2021.
  5. ^ Emanual Dapa Loka (27 April 2012). "Andrew Graff: Taking initiative in West Sumba". The Jakarta Post.
  6. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  7. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2021.
  8. ^ Once in a Lifetime Journey. "Nihi Sumba Hotel Review, the Best Hotel in the World".
  9. ^ "Nihiwatu Resort Sumba Terpilih Sebagai Hotel Terbaik Dunia". July 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "Climate: Waikabubak". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 17 November 2020.

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