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    Mekong nations pressed to share data as water level falls to new low

    BANGKOK (Reuters) – The inter-governmental Mekong River Commission on Friday urged China and Southeast Asian countries to share more data on hydropower dam operations, as water flow in the Mekong hit record low levels for a second consecutive year.





    A report by the commission attributes the low water level to two years of reduced rainfall and the operations of 13 Mekong hydropower dams – two in Laos and 11 in China – as well as dams on Mekong tributaries in Laos. The Mekong also flows through part of Myanmar.


    The report said the low flow could have severe impacts on communities in its member countries – Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam – due to loss of fisheries and irrigation potential.


    “We call on the six Mekong countries to increase their sharing of data and information on their dam and water infrastructure operations in a transparent and speedy manner with the MRC,” said An Pich Hatda, chief executive officer of the MRC’s secretariat.





    The report addressed a second year of delayed seasonal water flow into Cambodia’s Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia’s largest lake, which has severely disrupted fishing and threatened the food supply of more than a million people.


    The Mekong typically swells in rainy season where it converges with the Tonle Sap River, causing a rare reversed flow of the river into the lake around June.


    This year’s reverse flow began this week, said Chan Yutha, spokesman of Cambodia’s Water Resources Ministry.


    A tropical storm has hit parts of the Mekong this month, bringing large rainfall and rapidly increasing water levels in some stretches.


    The MRC said Mekong countries should implement drought plans and request that water storage operators release more water and irrigators use less of it.


    It also suggests they ask China to water supplement, or discharge water from dams and reservoirs, if current conditions persist.

    Mekong nations pressed to share data as water level falls to new low – Thai PBS World

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    The chinkies have several SEA countries by the balls.

    Thailand isn't helping itself or anyone else buying into Lao dams.

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    The state of Tonle Sap is particularly alarming.

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    The future state of all those poor people who rely on it for food and/or livelihood is alarming.

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    Actually I was thinking of the frogs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    The chinkies have several SEA countries by the balls.

    Thailand isn't helping itself or anyone else buying into Lao dams.
    (Why not to believe our "knows it all")

    PM's adviser proposes tunnel from Salween River to Tak damFeb 12. 2012


    An adviser to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is trying to revive a Bt200billion project to build an 88km tunnel linking Burma's Salween River and Thailand's Bhumibol Dam.

    “The investment will be well worth it,” Uthen Chatpinyo said yesterday. During the 2011 flood crisis, Uthen chaired the waterdrainage committee of the Flood Relief Operations Centre.
    Uthen described the project as a solution to both flooding and water shortages.
    He said water management at Tak’s Bhumibol Dam should be adjusted and the reservoir’s water level lowered in preparation for possible rainstorms throughout the year. The dam could then play a role as a waterretention area, he said.
    PM's adviser proposes tunnel from Salween River to Tak dam


    Mekong basin stirs up region: Thai water diversion project could have mega risks

    Loei Province, Thailand, July 8, 2016

    According to the 10th National Economic and Social Development Plan of Thailand, the northeast region (Isan) is oriented to become the country’s center of food and bio-fuel production. Currently, the irrigation system has covered only 10 percent of the farming area, with the remainder being rain-fed. Therefore, the Thai government has planned to develop many major irrigation schemes in the region, including Kong-Loei-Chi-Mun project to divert water from the Mekong River to irrigate 17 northeastern provinces.
    Mekong basin stirs up region: Thai water diversion project could have mega risks | Mekong Eye


    KLCM: Sucking Blood from Earth – Thailand Diverts the Mekong River and Threatens Its Water Security
    KLCM: Sucking Blood from Earth - Thailand Diverts the Mekong River and Threatens Its Water Security | Mekong Eye

    Concern Over Low Water Levels In Thailand Dams
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    Concern Over Low Water Levels In Thailand Dams | OOSKAnews

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