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Hambantota,town, Southern prov., Sri Lanka, on the S coast 65 mi (105 km) E of GalleGalle
, city (1995 est. pop. 87,000), capital of Southern prov., extreme S Sri Lanka, on the Indian Ocean. An agricultural market center, it exports tea, rubber, coconut oil, cloves, and other products of the surrounding region. The city has a cement factory as well.
..... Click the link for more information. . The town is located in an area of salt production, which utilizes natural depressions called lewayas. Hambantota suffered significant damage from the Dec., 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami. A new deep seaport, constructed in phases, opened here in 2010; it was a major infrastructure project undertaken as part of a rebuilding effort after the end of the civil war. An international airport also is there. In 2017 Sri Lanka leased the port for 99 years to a Chinese-government-owned company, in part to help pay down debt owed to Chinese-government-owned companies.