Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam may face severe drought

PHANOM PENH: Severe to extreme drought is expected to hit the four lower Mekong River Basin countries of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam from now until January, threatening agricultural production, experts warned Tuesday.The Mekong River Commission, in a statement, said the drought has so far ...


Water users urged to prepare for drought conditions

The already exceptionally low level of the Mekong and some of its tributaries is expected to become lower still as October is just the start of the dry season, according to a senior official in charge of river flow monitoring.“The rainy season has come to ...

Ekaphone Phouthonesy

MRC steps up monitoring of Mekong flows

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) — The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is closely monitoring the flow of the Mekong amid growing threats from fluctuating weather conditions.“During this current period of regionally low flow and historically severe drought, the MRC is doing its utmost to predict and inform ...

Ekaphone Phouthonesy

Builders of Laos dam say they’re not responsible for lack of flow in Mekong River

Both the government of Laos and the builders of the Xayaburi dam are dismissing allegations that damming of the Mekong River, for the trial run of electricity generators, is one of the reasons for the sharp drop of water levels in the downstream stretches of ...

The Thaiger & The Nation

Level of Mekong, tributaries forecast to rise in coming weeks

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The level of the Mekong River – the longest river in Southeast Asia – will increase gradually in the coming weeks after falling to a record rainy-season low that is affecting farmers and businesses.The Meteorology and Hydrology Department issued the forecast ...

Times Reporters

Drought destroying the future of Lao farmers

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Low rainfall and high temperatures are destroying the crops of Lao farmers across the country against the backdrop of an ongoing drought in the Southeast Asian region.Analysts say the lowest seasonal rainfall in decades will not only have a severe impact ...

Somsack Pongkhao

Mekong falls to critically low level

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times) – The Mekong, one of the largest rivers in South East Asia, is experiencing a historically low level, and Vientiane residents whose livelihoods depend on the river are struggling to sustain their businesses.Mr Xaysana Bounyalath, who has been fishing in the river ...

Times Reporters

Mekong River drops to lowest level in a century around Thai, Lao, Myanmar border

Water levels in the Mekong River are now at the lowest point in a century as of July 19, lower than a record set in April 1973.South East Asia’s Stimson Centre claims that, based on recent satellite images, the drastic lowering of the water level ...

The Thaiger

Mekong Water Level at Record Low amid Deficient Rainfall

The Mekong River, which flows through Laos, is experiencing a record low water level amid deficient rainfall.In Vientiane, the water level of the Mekong is 0.7 meters, or 5.54 meters below its long-term average water level measured over 57 years (1961-2018). It is about 1.36 ...

The Laotian Times

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