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Clue: Asian river, the ___ Darya
Asian river, the ___ Darya -- Crossword clue | Crossword Nexus
The Amu Darya is the largest river in Central Asia, with a catchment area of km2 and length km. It is a transboundary river shared by Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Most of the Amu Darya flow is formed on the territory of Tajikistan Three major tributaries contribute to the river: Kafirnigan, Sherabad, and Surhandarya. The annual flow of the Amu Darya is Almost eighty percent of the Amu Darya is regulated by over 35 reservoirs with a capacity of over 10 million m3 [ 1 ].
— Darya (Asian river)
Turkmenistan has very few rivers. All of them are found in the border areas, and due to the lack of high mountains with glaciers, shortage of rainfall and arid climate, many rivers are shallow and often dry up by late summer. The only exception is the Amu Darya, which rises in the mountains of Tajikistan and Afghanistan, flowing north of Turkmenistan. However, all the rivers are intensively used for irrigation, which takes water supplies, scarce enough without adding this, and as a result, some of them never reach their former riverbed. Entering the country on the eastern border, it flows north-west, becoming, some distance further, a natural border between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.