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Mekong river dams disrupting lives of Southeast Asian fishermen, farmers by Nontarat Phaicharoen February 21,2020   |  Source: Eurasia Review

Tiem Ngern-tok pointed at the water level, shook his head and talked about dragon boat races to explain how dams in China and Laos have disrupted the lives of Thai people whose villages abut the Mekong River. “During annual boat races the water was high,” said Tiem, a government hydrologist at a water-measuring station in Ban Sob Kok, a village in Thailand’s northernmost Chiang Rai province. A colleague interrupted him: “Three meters high.” With water levels usually reaching about 10 feet in April, Tiem said this year’s numbers were “exceptionally low.” “In previous years, the levels were a bit over 1-meter high, but that was during the driest time in April, not this soon,” he told BenarNews. “In March and April, it will get worse.” The Mekong is the world’s 12th-longest river, stretching 4,350 km (2,703 miles) through six nations before draining into the South China Sea.

More than 60 million people depend on the Mekong and its tributaries for food, transport and water. Experts say it hosts 474 species of fish – the world’s most biodiverse after Brazil’s Amazon River. Thai farmers said their troubles on the river began when the turbines of the Xayaburi Dam started churning upstream from Nong Khai in Laos seven months ago, further disrupting the

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