Bangkok, Thailand, March 28, 2016
The Prime Minister has revealed a water management center will be set up under the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) to manage water levels in the Mekong River more effectively.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said after returning from the first MLC meeting in China that the water management center will alert countries in the Mekong River Basin to be prepared whenever China discharges water into the river.
Nations affected by seasonal drought are able to take advantage of this warning system by storing the extra water released from China.
Conversely, these downstream countries have also suffered flooding due to the lack of prior notification by the Chinese authorities regarding their water management activities.