The water level in the Mekong river has dropped quickly and was only about 1.90 metres deep in this northeastern border province on Monday, the lowest this year.
The lack of water is being blamed on the many dams upstream in China, and this year’s poor rainfall. Levels in the Mekong’s tributaries are also very low.
As a result, rock formations on the river bed are clearly visible. They include a rock where, according to legend, a Buddha footprint was left in the middle of the Mekong river about 2,000 years ago.