Mekong Drought

PHNOM PENH – As the monsoon gets underway across Indochina, farmers and fishermen are praying for rain after a lengthy drought — aggravated by climate change and dam construction. 

This year the Mekong River has seen its lowest levels since record keeping began 60 years ago. 

According to the Mekong River Commission, rainfall over the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) — encompassing parts of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam — in May was about 68 per cent lower than in May 2019.  Read, watch and listen here.

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