Meaning of SAWU ISLAND in English

Indonesian Pulau Sawu, Sawu also spelled Savu, or Sawoe island and island group in the Savu Sea, Nusa Tenggara Timur provinsi (province), Indonesia. The island group includes Sawu (160 square miles [414 square km]), Raijua (14 square miles [36 square km]), and several other islets located about 100 miles (160 km) west of the southern tip of Timor. Sawu, 23 miles (37 km) long and 10 miles (16 km) wide, and Raijua, 8 miles (13 km) long and 3 miles (5 km) wide, are generally low and almost flat; elevation ranges from 3 feet to 330 feet (1 m to 100 m). The climate is hot, and rainfall, confined mostly to the wet season, exposes new, fertile volcanic soil each year. The islands are densely populated, and the principal occupation is agriculture. Corn (maize) and cotton are the main products, and there are extensive coconut plantations along the coasts. Some fruits and vegetables are also grown, and cattle and ponies are raised. Exports are mainly of copra and fish. Islam is the dominant religion. Seba and Baah, the chief towns on Sawu Island, are linked by road. Communication by boat exists with Sumba, one of the Lesser Sunda Islands, to the west, and with Timor to the east.

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