|Indawgyi Lake (အင်းတော်ကြီး)|
Natural causeway to the island pagoda
|Max. length||24 km (15 mi)|
|Max. width||13 km (8.1 mi)|
Indawgyi Lake (Burmese: အင်းတော်ကြီး; MLCTS: ang: dau kri: [ʔɪ́ɴdɔ̀dʒḭ́]) is one of the largest inland lakes in Southeast Asia. It is located in Mohnyin Township in the Kachin State of Burma. The lake measures 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) east to west, and 24 kilometres (15 mi) north to south. There are over 20 villages around the lake. The predominant ethnic groups living in the surroundings of the lake are the Shan and the Kachin, who mainly practice agriculture. It is 546 feet (166 m) above the sea level. it is the main part of the Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary.
it has the vertical width of 14 miles (23 km), the horizontal width of seven miles and the area of 100 square miles (260 km2). there are 11 village-tracts, 36 villages around the lake; 13 villages are on the bank of the lake.
Flora and fauna
Indawgyi Lake is within the confines of Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, which was established in 1999 by the Ministry of Ecotourism. The sanctuary, which encompasses 780 km2 (300 sq mi), contains a variety of animal species, including rare mammals and birds.
One of Burma's important bird areas, 10 endangered species can be found. Of these species, Greylag Geese, Oriental Darter and Purple Swamphen are prominent during the month of January. A tour of the lake by motor canoe allows one to view a large array of wetland species. It appears that the lake and surrounding wetlands provide an important winter feeding habitat. Many local fisher folk ply its waters and surrounding village waste threaten water quality. However annual monsoons serve to flush and refresh its waters.
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