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Pripyat River
Country Ukraine, Belarus
Physical characteristics
River mouth Dnieper
Length 710 km (440 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.

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Pripyat River at Mazyr, Belarus

Tributaries

  • Horyn River (659 km; 22,700 km2)
    • Sluch (451 km; 13,800 km2)
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