Government data released on July 17 showed water levels in the Mekong River are lower than at this time last year, on account of poor rainfall along the mainstream in Cambodia, with others pointing to hydropower dams in China and Laos.
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology issued statistics on Friday that showed the Mekong River levels lower than they were last year, except at Neak Loeung in Prey Veng province. The statistics show that the level on July 17 was lower than on July 16, and is expected to continue to get lower till July 20.
The water level in Kratie on July 17 was 9.21 meters, according to the Ministry of Water Resources data. However, last July, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) reported that the level in Kratie was 9.31 meters, showing that the level is already lower than last year.