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The longest rivers in Myanmar
Irrawaddy is the longest river in Myanmar, while the Mekong is the longest that partly flows through the area. Creeks are an essential part of Burma's population. A large part of their civilization is linked to the major watercourses, which are used to provide their basic needs and as a means of transportation. The majority of the riverside townships have a flourishing boating industry and travel several hundred kilometres while carrying or harvesting goods.
Certain parts of these streams are regarded as holy by these societies and can only be tackled in a certain way. Burma's watercourses also provide assistance to a wide variety of flora and fauna, among them schools of aquatic life such as schools of aquatic life, large aquatic species, and large cetaceans. Several of Burma's longest tributaries are viewed below. Mekong River runs through six South East Asia counties, among them Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Laos and Myanmar.
The longest river in the area, Asia's 7th longest and with a length of 2,703 leagues the 12th longest in the word. Mekong is draining an area of 795,000 sqkm. It rises in the Tibetan plateau and runs into the Vietnam Strait, where it runs off 457,000 cc per year.
Its name comes from Thai and Lao and means "mother of water". 60 million inhabitants live on the river Elbe. It is an important resource for sustenance, a means of transport and a well. After the Amazon, it is the second highest level of marine diversity in the whole wide range of the planet.
It is also of great importance to the municipalities along its shores, such as Akha, Shan and En. Salween is a 1,491 nautical miles river flowing from the Tibetan plateau. The river runs through three different lands and into the Andaman Sea in Southeast Asia. The water catchment area in China, Burma and Thailand covers 320,000 sqkm.
One of the longest free-flowing tributaries in the intercontinental river system, the Salween is home to over 7 million inhabitants, split into 13 different nationalities. It is also home to 140 types of aquatic life, 7000 plant varieties and 25% of the world's population. Situated in China, the river's top reaches are regarded by UNESCO as the world's richest biodiverse moderate erosion.
Salween is regarded as very fruitful for growing and also helps the teak forests in Burma and Thailand. Irrawaddy River runs through Burma from west to west. With a length of 1,348 leagues, it is the biggest river in the land and at the same time the most important trade waterway.
It rises at the junction of the N'mal and Mali rivers and runs directly southwards before it meets the Andean Sea through the Delta of the Irwaddy. This river is draining an area of around 255,000 sqkm. There is a wide variety of wildlife on the River irrawaddy, 43 of which are game. It is an important means of transport for exports and imports and a spring of fresh or irrigated ricepack.
Despite an alert from the environmental protection agency, the building of seven reservoirs along the river will continue. Chindwin River is the biggest affluent of the Irrawaddy River. It' a 750-mile stretch of water that runs all the way inside Burma. From the Hukawng valley, where four streams come together: Turong, Tawan, Tanai and Tabye.
Most of the course of the Chindwin River is located in mountains and woods, with much of the area of the river being untouched due to difficult accessibility. It is used to carry goods to the city of Homalin and is also an important resource for jade and seafood.
Myanmar is not an exceptional river from the impact of contamination and suffers like many other Asian river systems. Waste from industry is the main sources of contamination for most of these streams. Climatic changes have affected the water levels and runoffs of most watercourses. Building hydroelectric power plants along the river, especially the Irrawaddy, is hazardous to the diversity of species that depend on the river for its existence.