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Pripyat (river)

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Pripyat River
Pripyat River
Map displaying the course of the river, flowing eastward through southern Belarus through the cities of Brest, Pinsk and Mazyr
CountryUkraine, Belarus
Physical characteristics
 - locationUkraine
 - locationDnieper
Length761 km (473 mi)
Basin size121,000 km2 (47,000 sq mi)
 - average377 m3/s (13,300 cu ft/s)
Basin features
 - leftPina, Yaselda, Tsna, Lan, Sluch, Ptsich, Braginka
 - rightTurija, Stokhid, Styr, Horyn, Ubort, Zhelon, Slovechna, Uzh

The Pripyat River or Prypiat River is a river in Eastern Europe. It is about 710 km (440 mi) long. It flows east through Ukraine, Belarus, and Ukraine again. It drains into the Dnieper.

The Pripyat passes through the zone of alienation around the Chernobyl reactor, site of the nuclear disaster. It is polluted with radionuclides. The amount of caesium-137 in river sediments continues to go up. The city of Prypiat, Ukraine (population 45,000) was completely evacuated after the Chernobyl disaster.

Pripyat River at Mazyr, Belarus

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