Mekong level to drop as China begins power grid maintenance

Water levels along the Mekong River are likely to drop by about 1.2 meters between January 5 and 24 due to power grid maintenance in China.

The outflow from the Jinghong hydropower dam in China’s Yunnan province is dropping, leading to dwindling water levels in the Mekong in Thailand, Lao PDR and Cambodia, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) said in a press release on Wednesday.

Under an agreement between China and the MRC, China pledged to notify the MRC and its member countries of “any abnormal rise or fall in water level or discharge, and other information on factors that might lead to sudden flooding.”

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Viet Anh