First water level monitoring station opens atop lower Mekong basin

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has unveiled the Xieng Kok water level monitoring station in Laos that’s expected to reduce downstream vulnerability to unexpected flows.

This could benefit millions who live downstream the Mekong River, an MRC Friday press release said.

The station sits on Laos’s northern border with Myanmar. The commission handed the station over the Laos government to operate and provide related parties with relevant data.

It will require Myanmar to jointly collect data with Lao colleagues on water discharges that will be made quickly accessible to the millions of Southeast Asians living downstream. This should enable them to adapt accordingly, like the farmers planning to harvest crops or fishermen relying on the river for their daily catch, the release said.

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