Heat-crushed Cambodian fishermen pray for rain

Cambodia is witnessing its hottest dry season in 170 years, with the Mekong River drying up.

Cambodian fisher-people look forward to a speedy end to another record dry season, marred by crushing heat and low fish stocks that have become the norm over the last five years amid climate change, dams, and increased competition along the Mekong River.

They say this year has also been the worst in living memory with low water levels in the Mekong and the Tonle Sap, where they meet in Phnom Penh. It has forced many to move upstream along Southeast Asia’s largest river system, where the water is deeper and the fish more plentiful.

“There hasn’t been any rain this year, and I don’t know why. I only know that this year is drier than before, with the river level much lower,” said 30-year-old Smack Ei, near his home on the Chroy Changvar peninsula, which divides the Mekong and the Tonle Sap.

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