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PYAPON, a town and district of Lower Burma. The town is situated on a river of the same name, one of the numerous mouths of the Irrawaddy, about 12 m. from the sea. Pop. (1901), 5883. The district, which was only formed in 1903, lies within the delta of the Irrawaddy. It is a vast plain, intersected by tidal creeks and subject to inundation at high spring tides. The swampy jungle is being rapidly reclaimed for rice cultivation, which is the sole crop. Area, 2137 sq. m.; pop. (1001), 226,443, showing an increase of 63% in the decade.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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