Water level of Mekong river at historical low

VIENTIANE (Xinhua) – The Mekong water level during the early flood season from June to July is among the lowest on record, falling below its historical minimum level.

Local newspaper Vientiane Times quoted Xaysana Bounyalath, who has been fishing in the river in capital Vientiane since 1975, as saying last Sunday that he had never known the water level be so low at this time of the year.

“As far as I am aware, the river is at a record low this rainy season,” he said, adding that the situation was making it hard for him to earn a living as a fisherman.

A senior official at the Vientiane Water Supply Enterprise told the media recently that the low level of the river would disrupt the supply of water in Vientiane because the pumps that are stationed along the riverbank could not pump up water at their full capacity.

The Mekong River Commission (MRC), which monitors the flow of the Mekong, said recently that the level had fallen below the historical low.