Commentary: Droughts and dams are drying up the Mekong river

An unusually long period of drought brought water levels to some of the lowest measurements in recent years.

There are fears that the drought will have a particularly negative effect on the Tonle Sap River, connecting the Mekong to Cambodia’s Great Lake and which plays a key role in the maturing of the fish stocks on which population of the Lower Mekong Basin depends.

If its normal flood pulse is sharply reduced, minimising the flow of the tributary backwards to the lake, there will be serious negative effects.

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Milton Osbourne