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Damietta river
Also called: Dumyat



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Damietta river

Damietta river passing past the town of Damietta, Egypt.
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Passing through the town of Damietta.

Damietta river passing past Mansura, Egypt.
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Passing past Mansura.

River 240 km long in northern Egypt, one of two main outlets of the river Nile. Damietta is one of the rivers defining the Nile Delta.
The river begins about 13 km northwest of Cairo centre, same place as the Rosetta. A low barrier controls the water levels though the year. The Damietta is navigable most of its stretch and in addition to feeding agriculture for a wide region, it also has rich fisheries.
Along the river lies towns like Banha (170,000); Zifta (98,000); Mahalla al-Kubra (500,000); Mansura (440,000); Shirbin (60,000); and Damietta (96,000).
The river empties into the Mediterranean Sea at Ras al-Barr.




By Tore Kjeilen