Gomel Region

administrative division (voblast) in southern Belarus

Homiel Voblast or Gomel Oblast is a province (voblast) of Belarus. Its administrative center is Homyel.

Homiel Voblast

Го́мельская во́бласць Го́мельская о́бласть

Gomel Oblast
Location of Homiel Voblast
Administrative centerGomel
Largest citiesGomel - 481,200
Mazyr - 111,800
Zhlobin - 72,800
Cities - 17
Urban localities - 278
Villages - 2,608
City raions4
 • ChairmanAlexander Yakobson
 • Total40,400 km2 (15,600 sq mi)
 • Total1,495,100
 • Density37/km2 (100/sq mi)

Important cities in the voblast include: Gomel, Mazyr, Zhlobin, Svetlahorsk, Rechytsia, Kalinkavichy, Rahachow, Dobrush

Homiel Province and Mahilyow Voblast were hurt severely after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor catastrophe. The Gomel Province borders the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in places. Part of it is a mandatory or voluntary resettlement areas as a result of the radioactive contamination.[1]

The Homiel Voblast has 21 districts (raions), 278 selsovets, 17 cities, and 8 city municipalities.


  1. Mould, Richard Francis (2000-05-01). Chernobyl Record: The Definitive History of the Chernobyl Catastrophe. CRC Press. ISBN 9780750306706.