Ca Mau Province General Information
Ca Mau Province, Southern Vietnam
Region: Mekong Delta
Capital: Ca Mau
Area: About 5,221.19 km²
Population: 1,194,476 (2019 Census)
Demographics: Vietnamese, Khmer, Hoa, Tày
Calling code: 290
Cà Mau is a province of Vietnam, named after its capital city. It is in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam and is the southernmost of Vietnam’s 58 provinces. It is bordered on the north by the Kiên Giang and Bac Liêu provinces, on the west by the Gulf of Thailand, and on the south and east by the East Sea. Its name came from the Khmers who inhabited the area before the arrival of the Vietnamese, Cà Mau means “black” in Khmer.
Being surrounded by sea on three sides, fishing is an important industry in Cà Mau province. An extensive network of canals also supports a strong agricultural sector, as well as providing a popular means of transport. The U Minh biosphere Reserve and Mui Cà Mau, the southernmost point of Vietnam, serve also as important tourism destinations. The Mui Cà Mau National Park is further down at Cà Mau Cape.
Its name came from the Khmers who inhabited the area before the arrival of the Vietnamese, Cà Mau means “black” in Khmer. The Khmer name for this province is Teuk Khmao, meaning “black water”.
Ca Mau Province Administration
Ca Mau is subdivided into nine district-level sub-divisions:
Tran Van Thoi
1 provincial city
Ca Mau (capital)
They are further subdivided into nine commune-level towns (or townlets), 82 communes, and 10 wards.
Typhoon Linda (1997)
In November 1997, the Ca Mau Peninsula was struck by Typhoon Linda (Openg). Thousands of people were killed, and an estimated 200,000 homes were destroyed, along with much of the Ca Mau fishing fleet.
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