Murray-Darling: when the river runs dry Five years after the implementation of the Murray-Darling basin plan, our great river system is under stress. China's Mekong River dams held back large amounts of water during a damaging drought in downstream countries last year despite China having higher-than-average water levels upstream, a … – VNA/VNS Photo Huỳnh Phúc Hậu BẾN TRE – The Kênh Lấp Reservoir in Bến Tre Province, the largest in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta, is drying up due to drought and saltwater intrusion, leaving thousands of households facing a water shortage. Colorado River delta flooded for experiment; California's drought isn't over. The Kênh Lấp Reservoir in Bến Tre Province’s Ba Tri District is drying up because of the impact of drought and saltwater intrusion. Why are so many water agencies ending mandatory conservation? Tach Phanara hopes to find allies in the fight to save the Mekong and its mighty fish. Drought can result in food and water shortages, loss of income, and higher levels of disease. Geologist Yang Yong has made a number of trips to the Sanjiangyuan reserve over many years. Up to 70 percent of the water irrigating their crops comes from the river. According to conservationists that number has drastically shrunk to around a hundred.
The Mekong River, which originates on the Tibetan Plateau and flows nearly 5,000 km through China, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam to the South China Sea, is in danger of drying up. It is not a member of the intergovernmental Mekong River Commission, which was set up in 1995 to facilitate regional dialogue in the lower Mekong River basin. As the river's fish stocks are drying up, many dolphins are unable to find food.
Rains could ease drought worries - for now; California's 100-year drought; Drought, saltwater dry up Mekong Delta’s largest reservoir have 309 words, post on vietnamnews.vn at April 30, 2020. NAKHON PHANOM: The water level in the Mekong river in this northeastern border province is only about 1.50 metres high, possibly the lowest level in almost 100 years, according to local media reports. In 2002, downstream countries and the Mekong River Commission received notification of monsoon season releases from the Jinghong Dam as a precautionary measure to flood risk, and after 2010 China began sharing information on dry season releases. The reserve has been divided into three zones; one for each of the headwaters of the Yellow River, the Yangtze, and the Lancang, which becomes the Mekong once it flows out of China. At one time, thousands of these river dolphins used to swim in the murky waters of the Mekong. When the river runs dry – drought in the basin Unlike floods, droughts have less apparent benefits. A confluence of drought and dams along the Mekong River has renewed concerns about the future of the 4,700-kilometer waterway, upon which tens of millions of people depend for their livelihoods in China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The Mekong River, which originates on the Tibetan Plateau and flows nearly 5,000 km through China, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam to the South China Sea, is in danger of drying up. HOSTAGE TO HYDROPOWER Mekong Delta farmers are beholden to those managing the river beyond Vietnam’s borders.