Barisal (also spelt Barisāl) is a division of south-central Bangladesh. It used to be a district called Bakerganj. It is now one of 6 divisions of Bangladesh, but before Bangladeshi independence it was formerly part of East Pakistan as a district. The town of Barisal was under the control of the Roychoudhury family, which now has moved to Calcutta.
|Established||1797 (as Bakerganj District)|
|• Commissioner||Mohammad Gaus|
|• Total||13,225.20 km2 (5,106.28 sq mi)|
|• Density||630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+6 (BST)|
|ISO 3166 code||BD-A|
In 1797 the area was established as Bakerganj District but later renamed as Barisal District.
Points of interestEdit
Durga Sagor is another beautiful Dighi where a number of migratory birds arrive every winter. There are 42 upazilas in total in Barisal division: most recent upazilas are Rangabali in Patuakhali and Taltoli in Barguna.
The division is subdivided into six districts (zilas) and thence into 39 sub-districts (upazilas). Lower level administrative areas are 353 union parishads, 3,159 mouzas, 12 municipalities, 25 wards and 4,163 villages.