Monday, March 22, 2010

Mekong River at its lowest level in 50 years

Chinese diplomats recently denied charges by Thai environmental groups that dam construction on the Mekong River’s upper reaches in Yunnan Province was creating record-low water levels. They blamed the drought.

One of the longest rivers in Asia, the Mekong is 4,300 kilometers long and wends its way from the Tibetan plains through Vietnam and the South China Sea. It is currently witnessing its lowest levels for 50 years, in Southeast Asia, India and China.

China’s assistant foreign minister Hu Zhengyue recently told Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva that dams being constructed in Yunnan province were not the reason, however.

China has already completed construction of the Xiaowan hydroelectric dam and there are a further eight hydro-electric dams planned for Yunnan Province.

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,5369566,00.html

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