Mekong River Water Levels Fail to Rise Due to China’s Jinghong Dam

Water levels on the Mekong River have failed to rise raising concerns in communities living downstream, sources say. The Mekong was already low because of equipment testing at China’s upriver Jinghong Dam. However water levels were suppose to resume to normal after equipment testing ended at the Jinghong Dam but haven’t.

Chinese authorities at the end of December had announced that discharges of water from Yunnan province’s Jinghong Dam would be reduced from 1,900 cubic meters per second to 1,000 cubic meters per second starting on Jan. 5.

However testing was set to end on Jan. 24, water levels in the area have still not been restored, sources in the area say.

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