Chilia branch

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The Chilia or Kilia branch (Romanian: Brațul Chilia; Ukrainian: Кілійське гирло) is a main distributary of the river Danube, that contributes in forming the Danube Delta. It is named after the two towns having this name, located across on its both banks: Kiliya, on the northern, Ukrainian bank and Chilia Veche (Old Chilia) on the southern, Romanian bank.

The other two main branches of the Danube are the Sulina branch and the Sfântu Gheorghe branch.

The Chilia branch begins at the Ismail Islet where Danube splits on Chilia branch and Sulina branch and ends near the town of Vylkove where Chilia branch splits further into Ochakove distributary (eastward) and Old Istambul distributary (southward). Chilia branch is 104 kilometres (65 mi) long. The flow at the entrance into the delta is of 6,350 m3/s; the Chilia branch carries between 58 and 60 percent of this flow.


Coordinates: 45°13′44″N 28°44′10″E / 45.22889°N 28.73611°E / 45.22889; 28.73611