Samiksha Jaiswal

Mahardah

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Country  Syria
District  Mahardah
Website  www.mhardeh.com
Population  17,578 (2004)
Governorate  Hama
Subdistrict  Mahardah
Elevation  280 m
Local time  Saturday 8:26 AM
Mahardah
Weather  13°C, Wind SW at 13 km/h, 79% Humidity

Mahardah (Arabic: محردة‎‎ Maḥarda, pronounced Mħardé), also spelled Mhardeh or Muhardah, is a city in northern Syria, administratively part of the Hama Governorate, located about 23 kilometers northwest of Hama. It is situated along the Orontes River, near the Ghab plain. Nearby localities include Halfaya and Taybat al-Imam to the east, Khitab to the southeast, Maarzaf to the south, Asilah and Jubb Ramlah to the southwest, Shaizar, Safsafiyah, Tremseh and Kafr Hud to the west and Kafr Zita and al-Lataminah to the north.

Map of Muhradah, Syria

According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Mahardah had a population of 17,578 in the 2004 census. It is the center of Mahardah District, one of the Hama Governorate's five districts, and the nahiyah ("subdistrict") of Mahardah, which contained 21 localities with a combined population of 80,165 in 2004. Mahardah's population was estimated to be 22,442 in 2010. The inhabitants are predominantly Christians.

Mahardah's residents mostly work in agriculture, industry and trade. The educational level of population is reported to be high. The climate in the city is mild in summertime and occasional snowfall may be seen in winter.

The Orontes River was recently dammed 3 kilometers north, and the Mahardah Dam on the Ghab plain is used to generate hydroelectric power. Mahardah dates back to the same Hellenistic period of Apamea and the most notable archaeological remnant from this period is an old temple with stone doors and columns with Corinthian capitals transformed later into a church.

Ghada Shouaa, the first Syrian athlete to win an Olympic gold medal, was born in Mahardah as well as Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch.

Mahardah is the nearest large town to Tremseh in which killings took place on 12 July 2012. Additionally, a suicide bomber killed three civilians and one security officer in Mahardah on 14 July 2012.

Mahardah is currently being besieged by rebel groups, including Jaysh al-Izza, who have repeatedly targeted Mahardah's thermal power plant, causing power outages.

References

Mahardah Wikipedia


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