China and mastery of the Mekong

97 kilometres of rocks in Thai waters stand between Beijing and dominance over the Mekong, a mighty river that feeds millions as it threads south from the Tibetan plateau through five countries before emptying into the South China Sea.China has long wanted to dredge the ...

Falling Mekong water levels increase farming cost in Nong Khai

The Mekong River’s level in Nong Khai province of Thailand dropped to 1.83 metres on Thursday (January 9), much lower than the bank’s 10.37 metres.Compared to the same period in 2019, the current water level was lower by over 2 metres, causing sandy areas to ...

The Nation Reporter

Dams lead to extinction

Before being officially declared extinct by scientists late last month, the Chinese paddlefish, a native to the Yangtze River system, had been listed along with the Mekong giant catfish as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.The extinction of the paddlefish, one ...

Editorial

Mekong sandbanks obstruct cross-border boat services

The lowest level of water in the Mekong river in several decades has caused sandbanks to emerge, obstructing boat services across the border between Thailand and Laos, according to a local report.The low level of water has been caused by many factors including drought and ...

Pattanapong Sripiachai

Dam testing in China to affect eight Mekong River provinces

Eight provinces along the Mekong River have been told to brace themselves for a dip in water levels between Jan 1-4 as tests at Jinghong hydroelectric power station in China’s Yunnan province are expected decrease of water outflows.According to the Office of National Water Resources ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Govt set to address sea water intrusion

The government is bracing for salt water intrusion into four major rivers, including the Chao Phraya, as low fresh water levels may have affected tap water production. Authorities fear that a lack of fresh water will cause sea water to flow into inland rivers.Keep reading ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Thailand warns of water shortage in North East region

The Thai Royal Irrigation Department (RID) on Monday warned of low reserved water at major dams in the North East region and advised residents that the water left-over will only be sufficient for consumption.The RID, which is administered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, ...

China closes Mekong River stretch

China has declared a 60-kilometre section of Mekong River off-limits to all types of boats indefinitely while rock blasting is undertaken to widen the channel for commercial shipping operations.China announced on Friday that operators of all types of boats should avoid entering the river from ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Deteriorating Mekong ecosystem alarms activists

Environment advocates are voicing concerns over the Mekong River’s deteriorating ecosystem, especially with more projects set to affect the waterway in the pipeline.“If these so-called development projects continue, especially the construction of more dams, the Mekong will face a crisis,” said Niwat Roi-kaeo, president of ...

Wassayos Ngamkham

Alarm over drastic drop in dam levels

The low level of useable water in the country’s four major dams have raised concerns over the likelihood of serious, widespread droughts during the dry season next year.The volume of water currently stored in the country’s four key dams accounts for just 47% of their ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

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