MRC countries agree to collectively manage drought

The Mekong River Commission Council yesterday approved a five-year strategy until 2025 which allows Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam to prepare for and manage drought collectively.

The approval comes as the MRC’s preliminary data analysis shows that severe to extreme drought is expected to hit countries in the lower Mekong basin, while the Mekong water levels have dropped to their lowest points in living memory or at least since the last 60 years.

The analysis noted that Cambodia and Thailand would be hardest hit compared to Laos and Vietnam.

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