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Dzaoudzi

Dzaoudzi
Commune
Dzaoudzi harbour
Dzaoudzi harbour
Location of the commune (in red) within Mayotte
Location of the commune (in red) within Mayotte
Coordinates: 12°47′24″S 45°16′50″E / 12.79°S 45.2806°E / -12.79; 45.2806
Country France
Overseas region and department Mayotte
Canton Dzaoudzi
Government
 • Mayor (2008-2014) Mohamadi Bacar M'Colo[1]
Area 6.66 km2 (2.57 sq mi)
Population (2012 census)1 14,311
 • Density 2,100/km2 (5,600/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 97608 /97615
1 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Dzaoudzi is a commune in the French overseas department of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean. The commune of Dzaoudzi (sometimes called Dzaoudzi-Labattoir), made up of the twin towns of Dzaoudzi and Labattoir, is located on the small island of Petite-Terre (or Pamanzi). It was previously the capital of Mayotte, but the capital was relocated in 1977 to Mamoudzou, on the island of Grande-Terre (Maore), the main island of Mayotte.

The Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte has been based in Dzaoudzi[2] since 1973.

Geography

The town of Dzaoudzi is located on a rocky outcropping which was once a separate islet. It is now linked to Pamanzi Island and the rest of Dzaoudzi Commune by the Boulevard des Crabes, a road constructed atop an artificial dike.

Climate

Dzaoudzi features a tropical wet and dry climate under the Köppen climate classification. The wet season spans from December through April while the dry season covers the remaining seven months. Dzaoudzi is slightly cooler during the peak of its dry season with average temperatures hovering around 23 °C (73 °F) during its cooler period. Average temperatures are 27 °C (81 °F) during its warmest period. The town sees roughly 1,000 millimetres (39 in) of precipitation annually.

Climate data for Dzaoudzi
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 35
(95)
34
(93)
33
(91)
33
(91)
33
(91)
31
(88)
30
(86)
32
(90)
32
(90)
33
(91)
35
(95)
37
(99)
37
(99)
Average high °C (°F) 30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
28
(82)
27
(81)
26
(79)
26
(79)
28
(82)
29
(84)
31
(88)
31
(88)
29
(84)
Average low °C (°F) 24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
23
(73)
22
(72)
21
(70)
21
(70)
21
(70)
22
(72)
23
(73)
24
(75)
23
(73)
Record low °C (°F) 20
(68)
21
(70)
20
(68)
20
(68)
17
(63)
16
(61)
16
(61)
16
(61)
17
(63)
13
(55)
18
(64)
21
(70)
13
(55)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 249
(9.8)
211
(8.3)
183
(7.2)
86
(3.4)
36
(1.4)
10
(0.4)
8
(0.3)
10
(0.4)
20
(0.8)
48
(1.9)
58
(2.3)
142
(5.6)
1,057
(41.6)
Average relative humidity (%) 82 83 84 82 79 79 77 79 80 78 79 78 80
Source: Weatherbase[3]

Demographics

The ferry between Dzaoudzi and Mamoudzou

The commune is home to 14,311 people (Census 2012), the majority of whom live in the town of Labattoir.

Demographic evolution of Dzaoudzi:

  • 1978: 3 200
  • 1985: 5 865
  • 1991: 8 257
  • 1997: 10 792
  • 2007: 15 339
  • 2012: 14 311

Transportation

A system of ferry barges operated by the Société des Transports Maritimes link Dzaoudzi to the island of Grande-Terre.

The international airport for Mayotte is located on Pamanzi Island in the neighboring commune of Pamandzi.

References

  1. ^ Conseil Général de Mayotte in (french)
  2. ^ Ministry of Defense (in French)
  3. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Dzaoudzi, Mayotte". Weatherbase. 2014.  Retrieved on April 12, 2014.

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