Has instructed armed forces to provide help to a situation which may be made worse by the test run of the Xayaburi dam on the Laos section of the Mekong River.
This year’s dearth of rain partly explains the sharp drop in water, dams built on the river in China and Laos must also take the blame for stopping water from flowing freely along the river.
Among them, a Chinese company signed five MOUs with the state government in early July to carry out studies in Hakha, the state capital, as well as Matupi, Htantlang and Paletwa townships to build 30MW hydropower plants while a Norwegian company has so far invested US$50 million in three medium-scale hydropower projects of under 30MW to be built in Kanpetlet.
The damage caused by natural disasters to the Mekong Delta region last year was estimated to be nearly VNĐ118 billion ($5.1 million).
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Low water levels caused by dam projects has triggered the death of masses of fish and heightened the risk of mass extinction of aquatic life in the entire Mekong River Basin.
An extended drought in Cambodia has caused the tributaries of Tonle Sap lake to dry up, spelling ruin for farmers and fishermen in Battambang province.
Ven Saluth said the community has come across over 100 cases of illegal logging and animal traps this year, noting that some of the equipment used were creative, in which hunters would use a type of fishing trap to catch wild animals that are coming down to the lake.