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Mekong Delta Blues

BBC Radio 4’s Costing the Earth program explores how the government of Laos is determined to develop the nation by building hydroelectric dams for electricity, yet many people in the downstream countries of Cambodia and Vietnam are worried that the flow of the life-giving waters of the Mekong will be much reduced and fish life devastated. Peter Hadfield reports from the banks of the Mekong

Can Tho Market, Mekong Delta

By Peter Hadfield

An Giang province, Vietnam, May 25, 2017

BBC

New dams threaten life on South-East Asia’s most vital river, a river that provides food and water to 70 million people. The government of Laos is determined to develop the nation by building hydroelectric dams for electricity. Many people in the downstream countries of Cambodia and Vietnam are worried that the flow of the life-giving waters of the Mekong will be much reduced and fish life devastated. The BBC’s Peter Hadfield reports from the banks of the Mekong.

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