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Khandyga

Summary
Khandyga (Хандыга; Хаандыга, Xaandıga) is an urban locality (an urban-type settlement) and the administrative center of Tomponsky District in the Sakha Republic, Russia, northeast of Yakutsk, the capital of the republic. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 6,638. Geography Khandyga is located on the northeast corner of the Aldan River, by a bend where the river turns from north to west. The R504 Kolyma Highway passes through the town and the Ulakhan-Bom and Sette-Daban mountain ranges rise to the east. History It was founded in 1938 as a base for the construction of the Kolyma Highway towards Magadan. During World War II, an airfield was built here for the Alaska-Siberian air route used to ferry American Lend-Lease aircraft to the Eastern Front. From 1951 until 1954, it served as a base for Yanstroy forced-labor camp of the gulag network. In 1954, Khandyga became the administrative center of Tomponsky District. It was granted urban-type settlement stat
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