Mekong River water level rises amid dry season

Lower Mekong River water levels have increased by 20-30 percent compared to the same period of previous years as China releases dam water.

According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, the Mekong Delta region, where the Mekong River reaches the sea, has received a volume of water that is 15-20 percent higher than the average of previous years in April.

For May and June, the levels are expected to increase 20-30 percent year-on-year, the center said.

The water level in the Tien River, a branch of the Mekong, was measured at 1.45 meters last Thursday, which is 0.4 meters higher than the same period last year and 0.5 meters higher than the average of prior years.

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Ngoc Tai