Mekong Shipping Hindered by Unusually Low Water Levels in Chiang Rai

With dry season still a month away, the Mekong River in Golden Triangle area of Chiang Rai province into Myanmar and Laos has begun to show signs of drought with some stretches of the waterway low enough to expose sand dunes, that has obstructed cargo ships in the area.

In the dry season, (March to May) the Mekong is naturally low, but the Mekong flows down river from China, and 6 giant dams there have altered the state of the river permanently.

Dams have historically been built throughout the Mekong, predominantly on the lower stretches, where they have produced most hydroelectric power, as well as flood stability and a great potential for irrigation.

(Chiang Rai Times)