China Belatedly Notifies Mekong Nations of River Disruption

Earlier this week, I wrote about the sudden drop in water levels along the Mekong River in northern Thailand, and their likely link to the filling of a dam reservoir upstream in China.

The fall first became apparent on January 4, when locals in the Thai port town of Chiang Saen, close to the Golden Triangle confluence with Laos and Myanmar, reported an unexpected one meter drop in the water level along the river. The drop was quickly confirmed by the U.S.-funded Mekong Dam Monitor, which employs remote sensing and data from satellites to track water levels along the Mekong.

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Sebastian Strangio