A regional drought has lowered water levels in the northern Mekong River, and threatens the livelihoods of more than 60m people who live along it.
The Mekong River provides water supply, navigation, and irrigation along its route, and its record-low levels have affected northern Thailand, northern Laos and southern China.
Chief Executive Officer of the Mekong River Commission, Jeremy Bird, said that the current water levels and flows are the lowest in 20 years. More than 21 cargo boats in southern China have apparently been stranded due to the shallow waters.
Low Mekong River Poses Threat [AFP, 26 Feb 2010]