West Singhbhum or Pashchimi Singhbhum is one of the 24 districts of Jharkhand state,India. It came into being in 1990, when the old Singhbhum district was bifurcated. Chaibasa is the district headquarters. The district is bounded on north by Khunti district, on the east by Saraikela Kharsawan district, on the south by Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Sundergarh districts of Odisha and on the west by Simdega district of Jharkhand and Sundergarh district of Odisha. The district is covered with hills alternating with valleys, steep mountains, and deep forests on the mountain slopes. It contains some of the best Sal tree forests and the famous Saranda forest. There are plenty of waterfalls and a large variety of wild life like elephants, bisons, tigers, leopards, bear, wild dogs and wild boars. Sambar Deer, deer and spotted deer are also found but their numbers are decreasing in the forests adjoining inhabited areas.
The district contains large deposits of iron ore which are increasingly being mined to feed the growing demand for steel production. Following are some of the rivers flowing in the West Singhbhum District: Koel, Karo-Koina,kuju, Kharkai, Sanjai, Roro, Deo, and Baitarini. The greater part of West Singhbhum district is covered with deposits of iron-ore and other industrially important minerals
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