Severe drought warning for Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has issued a severe drought warning for southern Laos, northeast Cambodia and the Central Highlands of Vietnam amid low rainfall and complaints about water hoarding upstream.

The drought is being felt along the length and breadth of the Mekong Delta and in its latest weekly forecast the MRC’s Regional Flood and Drought Management Centre in Phnom Penh said other areas in the region are also suffering moderate to severe drought.

Rainfall for the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) in May and June was about 70 percent lower than a year ago when the region was already in drought.

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