Rivers and lakes

The Mekong

Mekong Water Levels continue to rise and more inundation feared

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has forecasted a sharp rise in Mekong water levels in Kampong Cham and Kratie over the next five days. In its daily forecast, the MRC’s Regional Flood and Drought Management Centre in Phnom Penh projected an increase of more than two ...

Golden Triangle Casino Baron Bankrolls New Mekong River Port

A sanctioned Chinese casino magnate is backing the construction of a new international port on the Mekong River in Laos, adjacent to his Golden Triangle gambling and tourism complex. Zhao Wei, the chairman of the Kings Romans Group, broke ground on the $50 million port development ...

Sebastian Strangio

Thao Nguyen Phan review – tribute to the Mekong River's myth and might

Thao Nguyen Phan’s Becoming Alluvium opens with sound: an outboard motor puttering in the dark. The tea-brown, silt-clouded water of the Mekong appears, gliding beneath the prow of a little boat. Lines from the great poet Rabindranath Tagore’s The Gardener lap the screen, concluding: “Why did the ...

Hettie Judah

Asean needs to act on Mekong River

Two events happened last month that went largely unnoticed by most of the mainstream media in Southeast Asia. One was the third Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Leaders’ Meeting between China and the five Mekong members of Asean — Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The other ...

CHEN CHEN LEE

In the Shadow of Riches, Fishers Face Eviction, Desperately Low Waters

Yan Khouvry was out fishing till 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning. He had set out late morning on Monday and plied the waters near Koh Dach all day and night. He returned with just two fish. Later on Tuesday morning, around 10 a.m., he was preparing ...

Mech Dara and Michael Dickison

Dams in the upper Mekong river transform nutrient release downstream

Hydropower is the world’s largest source of energy generation. It is commonly assumed that hydropower reservoirs retain nutrients, and this nutrient reduction significantly reduces primary productivity, fishery catches and food security downstream. An international research team, including Prof. Jef Huisman from the University of Amsterdam, ...

Jef Huisman

Last Group of Families Displaced by Laos’ Nam Theun 1 Dam Accept Compensation

More than a hundred families in central Laos’ Bolikhamxay province who were displaced by the Nam Theun 1 dam have decided to accept compensation, putting an end to a standoff that lasted 17 months, sources in Laos told RFA. Disputes over compensation by displaced villagers have ...

RFA’s Lao Service. Translated by Max Avary. Written in English by Eugene Whong.

270kg marijuana seized from Mekong riverbank

Border control police on Saturday night seized 270 kilogrammes of premium-grade dried marijuana on the Mekong river bank in Tha Uthen district, company commander Pol Lt Col Apisit Rodnoy said at a press conference on Sunday. Eight black plastic bags were found by officers of the ...

PATTANAPONG SRIPIACHAI

US-backed institutions' hyping China's 'dams threat' in Mekong River riddled with loopholes: expert

Meddling by the US in Mekong River water resource issues is an attempt to contain China in the region by hyping China’s “dam threat,” while citing only weak evidence and sources given by the US-backed institutions that blame China for downstream disasters, Chinese observers found. Chinese ...

Hu Yuwei and Lin Xiaoyi

Mekong dams store up trouble for China downstream

China has been accused of limiting the water to one of the world’s biggest rivers to feed its hydroelectric dams. David Stilwell, the US assistant secretary of state for east Asia and the Pacific, said that Beijing was manipulating the water flows of the Mekong with ...

Didi Tang

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