As Tonle Sap Drys Up, River Commission Urges More Data Sharing to Address Low Mekong Levels

The Mekong River Commission asked countries along the waterbody to share data of falling water levels in the river, especially in light of the record dry conditions witnessed in the Tonle Sap Lake.

The river commission released a press release on Friday urging the six countries along the Mekong River to address record low water levels in the Mekong basin, the second straight year of falling water levels.

In Cambodia, the commission said the Tonle Sap Lake, which relies on reverse flows from the Mekong River during the wet season, has recorded lowest flows since 1997. The lake is critical as a source of fish, both for sustenance and livelihood, for the millions of Cambodians dependent on the lake.

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