Sittaung River

Sittaung River
Sittaung River.jpg
Sittaung River near Pyinmana
Native nameစစ်တောင်းမြစ်
CountryMyanmar, Bago Region
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationShan Hills
 ⁃ location
Gulf of Mottama, Andaman Sea
 ⁃ coordinates
16°57′54″N 96°59′15″E / 16.96500°N 96.98750°E / 16.96500; 96.98750Coordinates: 16°57′54″N 96°59′15″E / 16.96500°N 96.98750°E / 16.96500; 96.98750
 ⁃ elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Length420 kilometres (260 mi)
 ⁃ average1,542 m3/s (54,500 cu ft/s)

The Sittaung River (Burmese: စစ်တောင်းမြစ် [sɪʔ táʊɰ̃ mjɪʔ]; formerly, the Sittang or Sittoung[1]), is a river in south central Myanmar in Bago Division. The Pegu Range separates its basin from that of the Irrawaddy. The river originates at the edge of the Shan Hills southeast of Mandalay, and flows southward to the Gulf of Martaban. Its length is 420 km and its mean annual discharge is around 50 cubic kilometers per year.


Although it flows through fairly flat country, the Sittaung has a notorious tidal bore at its mouth which has precluded any but very small craft navigating the river. The river is navigable for 40 km year round and for 90 km during three months of the year.

The river is used primarily to float timber south for export.[2] Strong currents make the river even less valuable as a means of transport in eastern Burma. Its basin does not have the same richness for agriculture as the Irrawaddy because there is no soil flowing down from the Shan Hills.

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