Irrawaddy River

Irrawaddy River

Irrawaddy River, in Burmese Ayeyarwady River, is the vein of Myanmar, running though the centre of the country. It is the country’s longest and commercially most important waterway. Running from the northern tip of Myanmar to Andaman Sea, it is 2,170 km (1,348 mi) long. Ayeyarwady River has been used for trades and transportations from the 6th century. It became important commercially to the British Empire during the colonial times as it was the main mode of transport for goods such as, rice, cotton, teak logs, petroleum and other local commodities. At its widest, the Ayeyarwady is 7 mi (11 km) wide. The most well-known species of the river is the Irrawaddy Dolphin, Orcaella brevirostris, a euryhaline species of Oceanic dolphin with a high and rounded forehead. Ayeyarwady is a source of life in Myanmar for centuries. The main production of rice in Myanmar is in the Irrawaddy Delta, irrigated by water from the river. The agricultural heartland, the central dry zone, relies on the Ayeyarwady for irrigations.

 

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