Disasters

Floods

Champassak to forge ahead with Mekong management project

Authorities in Champassak province are confident that the Mekong River Integrated Management Project planned for Pakxe city will soon resume now that the Ministry of Finance has submitted a request for an additional loan to complete the first phase of the Landslide Protection Project. Officials in ...

Times Reporters

Vietnam Faces Watershed Moment ahead of COP26

In a speech at the UN Security Council, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam, reminded member nations that sea level rise is a major threat for coastal nations, including the lowlands of China, Bangladesh, Indonesian islands, Philippine archipelagos and Vietnam. Other delegates lauded Quy’s ...

James Borton

Villagers fear losing land as riverbanks continue to collapse

Some 50 years ago, Dul Han’s parents gave her and each of her four brothers and sisters a plot of land measuring 12 metres wide by 40 metres long in Kampong Cham province’s Sdao commune after they got married and had their own families. Unfortunately, like ...

Moeun Chhean Nariddh

Rising river sparks Phnom Penh evacuations

People in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district were evacuated on Monday from their houses to temporary shelters on the dike of Prampi Makara Dam until the floods recede. Sak Sampov commune chief Tith Sam On yesterday told Khmer Times that many families can stay on first floor of their ...

Chhun Sunly

20 major dams and reservoirs in Thailand present overflow risk

Thailand’s Office of the National Water Resources has requested that irrigation officials be ready to manage the discharge of excess water from 20 major dams and reservoirs. The heavy monsoon rains this year have led to potentially dangerous overflow conditions. Officials from the ONWR have instructed people living ...

Ann Carter / SOURCE: Thai PBS World

Untold impact on northern Thailand’s wildlife from Mekong dams

About a year ago, the Boon Rueang Wetland Forest Conservation Group began a survey of wildlife in the 483-hectare community forest in northern Thailand. “We have recorded some leopards, otters and other animals,” says Songpol Chanruang, chair of the group. Though only around 130 kilometres long, ...

Tyler Roney, Piyaporn Wongruang

Lao villagers still disenfranchised three years after eviction

Villagers who were evicted from their homes in northern Laos to make way for a new hydroelectric dam remain disenfranchised three years on, according to media reports. The villagers relocated from Xayaburi province in 2018 are housed in resettlement towns where they lack enough land and ...

UCA News reporter, Vientiane

Dams lift discharge rate, flooding downstream

The Chao Phraya Dam on Wednesday increased its discharge rate, sending a huge volume of water downstream, where four villages in Bang Ban district of Ayutthaya were flooded. Extra water is also being released from the Pasak Jolasid Dam, with flood warnings for five central provinces. The Chao ...

SUNTHON PONGPAO AND ONLINE REPORTERS

China has thousands of hydropower projects it doesn’t want

China is trying to wean its massive economy off coal and fossil fuels to meet its ambitious goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2060. So why is it trying to shut down as many as 40,000 hydropower plants? The answer lies deep in the nation’s troubled ...

Bloomberg

Houses, farmland inundated as rivers burst their banks

Downpours lasting several hours have caused rivers in several provinces to overflow and inundate dwellings, farmland, roads and other property. In Huaphan province, 13 households living alongside the Khan River in Hiem district suffered the effects of flooding after a deluge lasting several hours on July ...

Times Reporters

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