Mekong Under Great Threat

The ASEAN Post

Water levels in Southeast Asia’s largest river may be at its lowest in a century.

Low rainfall, high temperatures and poor dam regulations are contributing to a historic low at the Mekong, affecting lives, the region’s agriculture and fishing industries and leading to rapidly drying taps.

Chinese dams control the flow of the 4,350-kilometre (km) river which originates in the Tibetan highlands before travelling across Myanmar, Lao, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. International Rivers, an environmental advocacy non-governmental organisation (NGO), notes that there are seven dams along the Mekong river in China as of 2019 – with 20 more planned or under construction. These dams have affected water levels over the past decade.

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