Pripyat River

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Pripyat River
The Pripyat River (02710031).jpg
Pripyat River
Map displaying the course of the river, flowing eastward through southern Belarus through the cities of Brest, Pinsk and Mazyr
Country Ukraine, Belarus
Physical characteristics
Main source Ukraine
River mouth Dnieper
Length 761 km (473 mi)
  • Average rate:
    377 m3/s (13,300 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 121,000 km2 (47,000 sq mi)

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

Tributaries[change | change source]

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