Mekong water level in Nakhon Phanom drops amid drought fears

The level of water in the Mekong river in this northeastern border province is dropping rapidly, exhibiting the most unnatural phenomenon in 50 years, according to local media reports.

The reports said water in the Mekong river is dropping by 10-20 centimetres per day. The water level is currently about 1.50 metres, about 11 metres below the top of the river bank.

The Mekong’s river tributaries, including Nam Oun, Nam Songkhram and Nam Kam streams, are also running out of water. Water levels in major reservoirs in the province’s 12 districts have also dropped to only 10-20% of their holding capacities, affecting rice crops that are currently close to being harvested.

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