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Ciudad Sandino (Managua, Nicaragua)

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  image by Olivier Touzeau, 10 September 2017

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Ciudad Sandino is a municipality in the Managua department of Nicaragua. Located just outside western Managua, it had 75,000 inhabitants in 2006, and 110.000 inhabitants in 2015, on 125,3 km².
The first settlements date back to 1969 when severe flooding occurred in Managua because of the rise of the waters of Lake Xolotlán, after a tropical cyclone. A government project called the Permanent Organization of National Emergence (Organización Permanente de Emergencia Nacional, OPEN) aimed to move the affected populations to a safer place. The government purchased the cotton properties of the Blandón family to settle there families affected by the flood of the lake.
Two areas were populated corresponding to the OPEN-3 (present population center of Ciudad Sandino) and Bella Cruz, (known as Zone No. 8). In 1972, the earthquake that destroyed Managua forced many families to move and settle precariously in the OPEN-3 project. On July 17, 1979, with the fall of the government of General Anastasio Somoza Debayle, the name of OPEN-3 was changed to Ciudad Sandino.
In 1995, the District Development Committee requested the approval of an Act that would elevate the District to the rank of Municipality. In October 1998, the shores of Lake Xolotlan because of Hurricane Mitch grew and flooded the neighborhoods adjacent to its shores, with 7,000 people moving to the Nueva Vida settlement on the west side of Ciudad Sandino.
Through Law No. 329 published in January 2000, the municipality of Ciudad Sandino City was created as part of the Department of Managua.
Olivier Touzeau, 10 September 2017

The Flag

The flag has three stripes of sky blue, green and gray, and a triangle of white color at the hoist with a map of the Municipality and the effigy of General Augusto César Sandino.
The flag of Ciudad Sandino can be seen on its website.
Olivier Touzeau, 10 September 2017

Coat of Arms

image by Fred Drews, 28 June 2014

Previouly Reported Coat of Arms

image contributed by Fred Drews, 15 March 2006