Water Levels at Chiang Rai’s Mekong River Basin Dropping Significantly

Water Levels at Chiang Rai’s  Mekong River Basin Dropping Significantly
Northern Thailand Severely Affected by Drought. Dry scene of the Mekong River in Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand
Northern Thailand Severely Affected by Drought. Dry scene of the Mekong River in Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand

 

CHIANG RAI – The water level in the Mekong River is constantly decreasing as drought continues, while 200 families in Maha Sarakham Province are in urgent need of assistance.

rocks and dunes have resurfaced
rocks and dunes have resurfaced

The water level in the Mekong River that passes through Chiang Rai Province has seen a significant drop, as rocks and dunes have resurfaced, causing problems to water transportation in the area. Cargo ships were unable to operate as a result, forcing several logistics companies to use small boats instead.

Elsewhere in Myanmar’s Myawaddy District, over 100 workers were seen building an earthen embankment as an attempt to prevent coastal erosion, which normally happens during the rainy season. According to authorities, the erosion could change the flow of water into a different direction, which will effect cultivations in agricultural zones.

Back in Thailand, two hundred families in Maha Sarakham province battered by the severe drought have made complaints with the provincial governor. They requested that a canal be built as a long term drought prevention plan.

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