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9 Mar 2021 VIENTIANE, Laos
Mekong River water levels between Jinghong hydropower station in China’s Yunnan province and the Mekong Delta in Vietnam fell in recent weeks to worrying levels, says the Mekong River Commission (MRC).
4 Mar 2021 VIENTIANE, Laos
Mekong River water levels between Jinghong hydropower station in China’s Yunnan province and the Mekong Delta in Vietnam fell in recent weeks to worrying levels, says the Mekong River Commission (MRC). The MRC has observed a 25 percent drop in average rainfall since last November, while outflow from Jinghong has been fluctuating wildly, falling to half its normal levels on several days in January...
12 Jan 2021 BANGKOK, Thailand
The government of Thailand has expressed concern about plans by Laos to build another hydroelectric dam on the Mekong River, citing environmental concerns.Thailand has called for a more comprehensive scientific study into the impact of the proposed Sanakham dam on the river’s already fragile ecosystems and has threatened to veto the project using its rights as a member of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) if it concludes that the construction will harm the environment...
31 Aug 2020 VIENTIANE
A megadrought that lasted more than 1000 years may have plagued Southeast Asia 5000 years ago, setting up dramatic shifts in regional civilizations, suggests a new study of cave rocks in northern Laos. The researchers believe the drought began when the drying of the distant Sahara Desert disrupted monsoon rains and triggered droughts throughout the rest of Asia and Africa.
11 Aug 2020 VIENTIANE, Laos
A newly released Situation Report from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) calls for improved data sharing among the riparian nations. “We call on the six Mekong countries to increase data and information sharing on their dam and water infrastructure operations in a transparent and speedy manner with the MRC...
17 Jun 2020 VIENTIANE, Laos
The Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) annual report, published 16 June, includes a noteworthy statement calling for increased transparency from China over upstream dam operations on the river. The Mekong is Southeast Asia's longest river and acts as a lifeline to 60 million people.Downtream Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam all suffered severe drought in 2019 as the river fell to record lows while upstream dams in China reportedly held "above-average natural flow”, withholding water and compounding the drought...
15 Apr 2020 WASHINGTON DC, United States
Actions by China have been described as compounding a 2019 Mekong River drought that had severe impacts on livelihoods in downstream nations. China is accused in an April 2020 US government-funded study of restricting water flow from 11 upstream dams, affecting approximately 60 million people live in the Lower Mekong where agriculture and fishing are the principal sources of support...
15 Mar 2020 HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam
The government of Vietnam declared a state of emergency last week in five Mekong Delta provinces in response to prolonged drought which has led to a build-up of salinity, threatening yields of rice and fruit in the region.Increased salinity is spreading throughout the Mekong Delta, as water flows from the Mekong River are about 20 percent less than in 2016, which is the most recent crisis year...
3 Jun 2019 VIENTIANE, Laos
A compensation plan following a 2018 dam collapse in southern Laos is causing local concern, with some making assusations of a China food-land grab.Last July a dam at the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy (PNPC) hydropower project collapsed, causing regional flooding across 12 villages and killing about 50 people. To compensate villagers, the government of Laos promised and cleared a 2,000 hectare plot for the victims of the disaster so that they could grow crops...
31 May 2019 VIENTIANE
The government of Japan has agreed to provide 97 million yen (US$880,201) to expand the water supply system in the city of Luang Prabang. The project will be carried out from June 1, 2019, to October 10, 2022.
12 May 2019 VIENTIANE, Laos
The World Bank has announced commitment to address mother and child malnutrition and to improve access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services in four northern provinces of Laos. A $27 Million USD commitment to the Reducing Rural Poverty and Malnutrition Project will target poor households with direct cash transfers that are conditional upon adoption of improved health, nutrition, and hygiene practices...
24 Jul 2018 VIENTIANE, Laos
Updated: July 26The July 23 collapse of a hydroelectric dam in southeastern Laos left at least 27 people dead, more than 130 missing missing and thousands homeless according to state media.Lao authorities have ordered closer monitoring of hydroelectric facilities as they investigate the dam failure...