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Update on Laos drought?

  • glomer

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    How have the rains been this season? I just read a review from someone who said the river was too low to slowboat from NK to LP, and I'm wondering if boats are apt to be running in December.

    #1 Posted: 4/11/2010 - 04:46

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  • MADMAC

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    If Laos is having a drought, the rains must be stopping right when they reached the border by my house. Because it rained like a dog this year. We had flooding here in Mukdahan. The river right now is not low, unless it dropped radically yesterday. It's not high either - but it's definitely not low. I suspect the review is a few months old.

    #2 Posted: 4/11/2010 - 07:39

  • glomer

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    Thanks, Madmac!

    #3 Posted: 4/11/2010 - 10:44

  • Captain_Bob

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    The reports you may have read about the Mekong being extra low would have been from last February/March (dry season) when the slow boats between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang were halted for a few weeks. Right now is the tail end of rainy season and it has been a very wet one in parts of SE Asia. Worst flooding in 50 years some parts of Thailand and Vietnam.

    #4 Posted: 4/11/2010 - 12:14

  • Rufus

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    Location Laos
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    What drought?
    Hmm, I better water the garden.

    #5 Posted: 4/11/2010 - 16:33

  • wanderingcat

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    seems like Mekong river level might be getting low in some places again. however, the tourist boats plying the Huay Xai - Pak Beng - Luang Prabang route are NOT affected for now, only the much larger cargo boats. those intending to travel between Chiang Saen & Jinghong by cargo boat in the coming weeks might want to double check on the situation?

    http://laovoices.com/2011/03/03/bokeo-worried-about-shallow-mekong/
    http://laovoices.com/2011/03/12/low-mekong-affecting-goods-transport-in-north/

    #6 Posted: 29/3/2011 - 15:56

  • Rufus

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    Dams.

    #7 Posted: 29/3/2011 - 20:02

  • caseyprich

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    China (CCP) loves its dams. Watershed of the world currently within its borders - watch out.

    http://khampoua.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/laos-is-planning-so-many-dams-on-the-mekong-and-its-tributaries-%E2%80%94-7-of-about-70-have-been-completed/

    #8 Posted: 29/3/2011 - 22:06

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