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Gomel Region or Homyel’ Voblasć (Belarusian: Го́мельская во́бласць, Homielskaja vobłasć, Russian: Гомельская область) is one of the regions of Belarus. Its administrative center is Gomel. The total area of the region is 40,400 square kilometres (15,600 sq mi), the population in 2011 stood at 1,435,000 with the number of inhabitants per km2 at 36.[1] Important cities within the region include: Gomel, Mazyr, Zhlobin, Svietlahorsk, Rečyca, Kalinkavičy, Rahačoŭ, Dobruš. Both the Gomel Region and the Mogilev Region suffered severely after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor catastrophe.[2] The Gomel Province borders the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in places, and parts of it is designated as mandatory or voluntary resettlement areas as a result of the radioactive contamination.[3]

Contents

1 Administrative subdivision

1.1 Cities and towns

2 Geography 3 Economy 4 Transport 5 Tourism 6 References 7 External links

Administrative subdivision[edit] Gomel Region comprises 21 districts and 2 city municipalities. The districts comprise 278 selsovets, 17 cities and towns.

Akciabrski District Brahin District Buda-Kashalyova District Chachersk District Dobrush District Gomel District

Kalinkavichy District Karma District Khoiniki District Lyelchytsy District Loyew District

Mazyr District Naroulia District Pietrykaw District Rahachow District Rechytsa District

Svietlahorsk District Vietka District Yel’sk District Zhlobin District Zhytkavichy District

Cities and towns[edit]

Gomel (Belarusian: Го́мель) – 481,200 Mazyr (Belarusian: Мазы́р) – 111,800 Zhlobin (Belarusian: Жло́бін) – 72,800 Svietlahorsk (Belarusian: Светлаго́рск) – 71,700 Rechytsa (Belarusian: Рэчыца) – 66,200 Kalinkavichy (Belarusian: Калінкавічы) – 37,900 Rahachow (Belarusian: Рагачоў) – 34,700 Dobrush (Belarusian: Добруш) – 19,300 Zhytkavichy (Belarusian: Жыткавічы) – 16,900 Khoyniki (Belarusian: Хойнікі) – 14,200 Pietrykaw (Belarusian: Петрыкаў) – 10,600 Yel’sk (Belarusian: Ельск) – 10,000 Buda-Kashalyova (Belarusian: Буда-Кашалёва) – 9,500 Naroulia (Belarusian: Нароўля) – 8.200 Vietka (Belarusian: Ветка) – 7,800 Chachersk (Belarusian: Чачэрск) – 7,700 Vasilievichy (Belarusian: Васілевічы) – 4,500 Brahin (Belarusian: Брагін) –- 3,700 Turov (Belarusian: Ту́раў) – 3,200

City municipalities: Gomel, Mazyr. Geography[edit] Pripyatsky National Park covers 2% of the territory of the region. Eleven wildlife preserves of national importance cover 2.1% of the region.[4] The extreme southern point of Belarus is located in Gomel Region, on the Dnieper River to the south of the urban-type settlement of Kamaryn, Brahin District.[5] 3rd the largest lake in Belarus, Lake Chervonoye is situated in Gomel Region, Zhytkavichy District.[6]

The frozen Biarezina River in Svietlahorsk.

Economy[edit] The processing industry is represented by alcohol, alcoholic beverage, wine, beer and soft drinks, vegetable-drying and canning industries. Transport[edit] Gomel Region is a major transport hub. Major railway junctions include Gomel, Zhlobin, and Kalinkavichy. Gomel is located at the intersection of the highways 95E Odessa – Kiev – St. Petersburg, Bakhmach – Vilnius, and M10 Bryansk – Brest. River transport is also common in the region with regular navigation on the Pripyat, Dnieper and Berezina rivers. Tourism[edit] The number of travel agencies in Gomel Region has grown from 21 in 2000 to 54 in 2010.[7][8] Main tourist destinations of the region are Pripyatsky National Park and Gomel. References[edit]

^ "Main Geographic Characteristics of the Republic of Belarus. Territory and population density of Belarus by region as of January 1, 2011". Land of Ancestors. The Scientific and Production State Republican Unitary Enterprise “National Cadastre Agency” of the State Property Committee of the Republic of Belarus. 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2013.  ^ http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chernobyl_radiation_map_1996.svg ^ Mould, Richard Francis (2000-05-01). Chernobyl Record: The Definitive History of the Chernobyl Catastrophe. CRC Press. ISBN 9780750306706.  ^ "Nature reserves and national parks, wildlife preserves and nature sanctuaries". Land of Ancestors. Data of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus. 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2013.  ^ "Main Geographic Characteristics of the Republic of Belarus. Coordinates of the extreme points of the state frontier". Land of Ancestors. The Scientific and Production State Republican Unitary Enterprise “National Cadastre Agency” of the State Property Committee of the Republic of Belarus. 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2013.  ^ "Main characteristics of the largest lakes of Belarus". Land of Ancestors. Data of the Research Laboratory for Lake Study of the Belarus State University. 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2013.  ^ Ministry of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus. (2011). "Number of organizations engaged in tourist activities in 2010 in Belarus". Land of Ancestors. National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus. Retrieved 9 October 2013.  ^ Ministry of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus. (2011). "Number of organisations engaged in tourist activities in Belarus by region". Land of Ancestors. National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 

External links[edit]

Gomel Regional Executive Committee Homel Region: Epicentre Of Troubles That Bore Celebrities

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Subdivisions of Gomel Region, Belarus

Districts (raions)

Aktsyabrski Brahin Buda-Kashalyova Chojniki Chachersk Dobrush Gomel Kalinkavichy Karma Lyelchytsy Loyew Mazyr Narowlya Pyetrykaw Rahachow Rechytsa Svyetlahorsk Vyetka Jelsk Zhlobin Zhytkavichy

Cities

Brahin Buda-Kashalyova Khoiniki Chachersk Dobrush Gomel Kalinkavichy Mazyr Narowlya Pietrykaw Rahachow Rechytsa Svyetlahorsk Turaw Vasilievichy Vyetka Jelsk Zhlobin Zhytkavichy

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First-level administrative divisions of Belarus

Brest Gomel Grodno Minsk Minsk (city)1 Mogilev Vitebsk

1 A municipality ("horad") rather than a province ("voblast") [1]

Coordinates: 52°20′N 29°40′E / 52.333°N 29.667°E / 52

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