China releases water to alleviate SE Asia drought
A Southwest China hydropower station has increased water discharges to up to 2,190 cubic meters per second on a trans-boundary river, to provide emergency water supply to Vietnam and other countries in the drought-afflicted Southeast Asian region, officials said.
The Jinghong hydropower station in Southwest China’s Yunnan province will increase its water discharge on the LancangMekong River through April 10. It will benefit Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, said Chen Lei, Minister of Water Resources.
The Mekong River, whose upper part is known in China as the Lancang River, is an important water source for the five countries on the Indochinese Peninsula.
Due to the prolonged effects of El Nino conditions which started taking a toll last year, the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam is going through its worst drought in nearly 100 years.