Eight die in pleasure boat capsize on Sunday

Eight people drowned when a pleasure boat capsized on Sunday morning during a trip on Nam Ngum Lake – a popular tourist spot in Vientiane province, which borders on the capital Vientiane. The boat was carrying 39 people and capsized at about 9 am after ...

Times Reporters

Japan helps advance MRC capacity in addressing Mekong flood issues

The government of Japan last Friday granted USD2.9 million to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to implement its new strategic plan, seeking to promote responsible development in the region.The Mekong River and its tributaries support nearly 70 million people in the Lower Mekong Basin, providing ...


Mekong River Levels See Slight Increase, Monsoon Rains to Begin Earlier

Water levels in some sections of the Mekong River have increased slightly over the last seven days, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat said today.According to MRC’s observed water level data, the outflow at Jinghong hydrological station rose from 786 cubic metres per second (m³/s) ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

The Mekong River Dying a Slow But Most Certain Death

A confluence of drought and dams along the Mekong River has renewed concerns about the future of the 4,700-kilometer waterway. Upon which tens of millions of people depend for their livelihoods in China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.The number of dams impeding the Mekong’s flow ...


Mekong River Turns Blue in Thakhek

The mighty Mekong River, normally a vast expanse of brown, has taken on a bluish hue, making it appear like seawater in some areas.Residents of both Thakhek in Laos, and Nakhon Phanom in Thailand, have noted the blue color of the Mekong River in recent ...

Jasmina Yap

Mekong Countries Need To Take More Proactive Approach To Basin Planning

(KPL) Mekong River Commission has urged lower Mekong countries to put in place a more proactive regional approach to basin planning and management, with an enhanced and systematic information sharing mechanism and robust monitoring of river flow.MRC said in its annual report “the State of ...

KPL News Desk

Low level of Lao Nam Ngum causes concern for dry season crops

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The unusually low level of the Nam Ngum river is creating uncertainty about adequate water supplies for agriculture this dry season and is already affecting electricity generation at the Nam Ngum 1 hydro plant.Referring to a recent interview with the Vice ...

Somxay Sengdara

Rising river levels pose increasing threat

Persistent rainfall from northern to central regions will see river levels continue to rise, the Meteorology and Hydrology Department has warned.The department said the level of the Xebangfay River in Xaybangfay district, Khammuan province now measures 19.14 metres, which is above the danger zone of ...

Siladda Souliyong

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

Work begins on Savannakhet’s Mekong embankment

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Work to build an embankment and promenade along the Mekong River in Savannakhet’s provincial capital has begun, with support from the Asian Development Bank.A ground-breaking ceremony for the project took place in Kaysone Phomvihane city recently, attended by senior provincial officials.The US$4.5 ...

Somsack Pongkhao

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