Govt sits idly by as China churns up the Mekong

Recently, a coalition of civil society groups, which has monitored development on and along the Mekong River, issued a frightening statement. Fluctuations of river flows during the past three decades have been at record highs, they said.

That is a big deal for people whose livelihoods depend on this international river, which runs from China through to Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. The fluctuations have brought non-seasonal changing of water levels, causing overflows in the dry season and water shortages in the rainy season.

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Nauvarat Suksamran