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Update on Laos drought?

Posted by glomer on 4/11/2010 at 04:46

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.

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Posted by MADMAC on 4/11/2010 at 07:39

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.

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Posted by glomer on 4/11/2010 at 10:44

Thanks, Madmac!

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 4/11/2010 at 12:14

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.

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Posted by Rufus on 4/11/2010 at 16:33

What drought?
Hmm, I better water the garden.

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Posted by wanderingcat on 29/3/2011 at 15:56

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/

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Posted by Rufus on 29/3/2011 at 20:02

Dams.

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Posted by caseyprich on 29/3/2011 at 22:06

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/

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