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About the West  Khasi  Hills district

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Brief About West Khasi District
West Khasihills History
West  Khasi  Hills,  presently    the   largest   district  of Meghalaya,  was carved  out of the erstwhile Khasi Hills District on the 28th October, 1976.   In  the  same   year,   on  10th November, the Mairang Civil Subdivision was inaugurated, whereas the Mawkyrwat Block was converted into an Administrative unit. With the   upgradation  of  Mawkyrwat  into a full-fledged   Sub-Division   on   June   26th   1982,   the  District now comprises of three Sub-Divisions (including the Sadar Sub-Division), one Administrative Unit viz., Mawshynrut which came into being on   the  9th  February,  1996  and 6 (six)     C & R D Blocks viz.,   Nongstoin, Mairang,  Mawkyrwat, Mawshynrut,  Ranikor      including       Mawthadraishan  Block    which was    created  vide  Govt.   Notification   NO.CDD.232/89/Pt/61, dt. 20th March, 2001

Area & Location

The  District  lies  in  the  central  part of the State of Meghalaya and is situated between approximately 25  degrees  10'  and  25  degrees  51'  N latitude, and between 90 degrees 44' and 91 degrees 49' E  longitude.  It is bounded on the north-west by Kamrup district of Assam,  on the north-east by Ri Bhoi district, on the east by  East  Khasi  Hills  district,  on the south by Bangladesh, on the west by East Garo and South   Garo Hills districts.  The district comprises  an  area  of  about  5,247   sq.kms which is 23 percent of the total area of the state. Nongstoin, covering an area of about 76.00 Sq. Kms, is the Headquarter of the District.


The climate of the district is mildly tropical in the northern and southern foothills, while in the central upland zone, the climate is temperate and places at medium altitude in the northern, western and southern parts of the district, experience sub-tropical climate.

The district is influenced by the South- West monsoon and rainfall is assured during summer, but differs greatly in intensity from area to area within the district.The average rainfall ranges from 1200 mm to 3000 mm per annum.