Upriver dams and a devastating drought this year brought the Mekong to its lowest level ever recorded. And the combination has left the Tonle Sap Lake—Southeast Asia’s largest—in crisis.
“That information is just a study that has not been appraised yet and no state agency has come to such a conclusion,” he told a National Assembly (NA) meeting in Hanoi.
Something is very wrong in the Mekong and these trends are continuing as mainland Southeast Asia now is fully transitioning, in a premature manner, into its dry season.
New Transnational Institute brief shows how China rebrands and repackages dormant or delayed projects in Myanmar under the BRI banner — projects that lack transparency and consultation with affected communities.
The Mekong Basin illustrates, giant upstream dams contribute to river depletion and intensify parched conditions. The spate of dam building in Asian autocracies is exacerbating already-fraught water security disputes.
China’s latest engineering and construction update (from the Mekong near Luang Prabang) on its Belt and Road Initiative to convert Laos from a landlocked country to a land-linked hub.
Some 5,000 IDPs like Ah-Ser risk arrest by the Tatmadaw to mine amber in the area. Sometimes, soldiers use sniffer dogs to search for and arrest illegal miners.
Government provides limited financial support to affected families so is continuing to ask organisations, businesses and individuals to contribute what they can in the way of monetary donations to help victims.