China could have choked off the Mekong and aggravated a drought, threatening the lifeline of millions in Asia

A study released recently found that China is holding back large amounts of water upstream on the Mekong River, contributing to drought in the Southeast Asian countries downstream last year, according to a report from Eyes on Earth, a research and consulting firm specializing in water.

China’s upstream activities along the Mekong River have long been contentious — but a recent study has sparked fresh scrutiny over its dam-building exercises, reigniting warnings that millions of livelihoods could be destroyed.

A U.S.-government funded study by research and consulting firm, Eyes on Earth, found that Chinese dams are holding back large amounts of water upstream on the Mekong, which exacerbated a severe drought in the Southeast Asian countries downstream last year.

China dismissed the scientific report as “groundless.”

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