Overflow alert issued for Mekong communities
Xayaboury province is advising people living alongside the Mekong River to prepare for possible flooding, while neighbouring Thailand has warned its seven north-eastern provinces to brace for sudden overflows along the river until Thursday. The Lao province issued the alert following heavy rainfall in recent days, which has seen the level of the Mekong rises. The Administrative Office in Xayaboury province on Saturday published a notice informing people living upstream and downstream of the Xayaboury run-of-river dam to be prepared for possible flooding and to move their belongings and livestock to higher ground. According to the notice, flooding may occur after hydropower dams along the Nam Ou River – a tributary of the Mekong – began discharging more water following heavy downpours across many parts of Laos in recent days, especially in the north.