There is less water than usual to fill the Mekong this year. Mainstream dams add to this issue, making it so even less water reaches dependent downstream communities, such as these in Vietnam.
Low water is a big disadvantage for local people like Mr. Sau Dung’s family. This year, El Niño is considered as having the most severe impacts within 60 years. Rainy season comes late with lower precipitation than before. Local people understand the changes in everyday weather. However, not many of them are aware of another reason for low water level: hydropower construction occurring in the upstream Mekong, especially those mainstream dams…
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