Mekong water turns greenish-blue in Nakhon Phanom

Water in the Mekong river in this northeastern border province has turned from yellowish-brown to greenish-blue — a strange phenomenon that makes the river look beautiful but could be a sign of danger, according to a local media report.

The water in the Mekong river is about 1 metre high, the lowest level in about 50 years. Sandbanks have emerged in the middle of the river in Tha Uthen and Muang districts, some covering an area of several hundred rai stretching 2-3 kilometres along the river, affecting boat service across the river between Thailland and Laos.

As the level has dropped, the water itself has turned greenish-blue — like sea water — and the Mekong river running by Nakhon Phanom has become picturesque, drawing a large number of people to take selfies.

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Pattanapong Sripiachai