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East Sepik

 

East Sepik

East Sepik Province
Wewak

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East Sepik Province
East Sepik Province
Location within Papua New Guinea

Coordinates: 4°20′S 143°15′E / 4.333°S 143.250°E / -4.333; 143.250

Country Papua New Guinea
Capital Wewak
Districts
Government
 • Governor Michael Somare
Area
 • Total 42,800 km2 (16,500 sq mi)
Population (2000)
 • Total 343,180
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)

East Sepik is a province in Papua New Guinea. Its capital is Wewak. East Sepik has an estimated population of 343,180 people (2000 census) and is roughly 42,800 km square in size.

History

Cherubim Dambui was appointed as East Sepik's first premier by Prime Minister Michael Somare upon the creation of the provincial government in 1976.[1] Dambui remained interim premier until 1979, when he became East Sepik's permanent premier with a full term.[1] He remained in office until 1983.[1]

Geography

Wewak, the provincial capital, is located on the coast of East Sepik. There are a scattering of islands off shore, and coastal ranges dominate the landscape just inland of the coast. The remainder of the province's geography is dominated by the Sepik River, which is one of the largest rivers in the world in terms of water flow and is known for flooding—the river's level can alter by as much as five metres in the course of the year as it rises and falls. The southern areas of the province are taken up by the Hunstein Range and other mountain ranges which form the central cordillera and feed the Sepik River.

Districts and LLGs

Each province in Papua New Guinea has one or more districts, and each district has one or more Local Level Government (LLG) areas. For census purposes, the LLG areas are subdivided into wards and those into census units.[2]

District District Capital LLG Name
Ambunti-Dreikikir District Ambunti Ambunti Rural
Tunap-Hunstein Range Rural
Gawanga Rural
Dreikikir Rural
Angoram District Angoram Angoram-Middle Sepik Rural
Keram Rural
Karawari Rural
Marienberg-Lower Sepik Rural
Yuat Rural
Maprik District Maprik Albiges Mamblep Rural
Bumbuita Muhiang Rural
Maprik Wora Rural
Yamil Tamaui Rural
Wewak District Wewak Boikin Dagua Rural
Turubu Rural
Wewak Islands Rural
Wewak Rural
Wewak Urban
Wosera-Gawi District Wosera Burui-Kunai Rural
Gawi Rural
North Wosera Rural
South Wosera Rural
Yangoru-Saussia District Yangoru East Yangoru Rural
Numbo Rural
Sausso Rural
West Yangoru Rural

References

Sources/Further Reading

  • Hanson, L.W., Allen, B.J., Bourke, R.M. and McCarthy, T.J. (2001). Papua New Guinea Rural Development Handbook. Land Management Group, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University, Canberra. Available as a 30 Megabyte PDF.
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