Thursday June 20, 2024

The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia and Thailand have the fewest infrastructure projects on the Mekong or its tributaries among the four member countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC). According to the commission, there are a total of 61 projects on the tributaries and the main body of one of the world’s longest rivers.

The Mekong has a total length of 4,350km, originating from the Tibetan plateau and flowing through six countries: China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Within MRC member countries – Thailand, Laos, Cambodia  and Vietnam – the river spans 3,663km.

It flows 1,982km through Laos, 968km in Thailand, 489km in Cambodia and 224km in Vietnam, according to updated data from the MRC obtained by The Post.

According to the information, Thailand has the fewest infrastructure projects connected to Mekong tributaries, with just two: the Sri Song Rak floodgates, which store water during the rainy season for dry season use, and the Huai Luang river basin development project, which prevents flooding and drought in Udon Thani and Nong Khai provinces.

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