China re­leases wa­ter to al­le­vi­ate SE Asia drought

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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