MEKONG IN PERIL
DAMS ON THE MEKONG: HOW CHINA IS DRYING OUT THEIR NEIGHBOURS
The proliferation of hydropower dams in China and Laos in disrupting the course of the river, the largest reservoir of freshwater fish in the world, which supports millions of residents.
The effects from dams on the river, the Mekong is not what it used to be. Drought and unusual tidal occurred including watercolor turns blue due to the decline in sediments in the water which makes muddy brown color resulted from the extremely low of the water level.
Even during the rainy season, the water level of the Mekong River is lower than average. Rocks and small islands appear, which are usually covered by water at this time of the year.
After the riverine ecosystem was negatively affected, due to the Xayaburi Dam and other dams upstream, making money from fishing became hard. If more dams are built including the Sanakham Dam, there will be no fish left for the next generation. Said a local fisherman.