Vietnam experts warn against Cambodia’s mega canal project

The $1.7 billion project will link Phnom Penh with the coastal province of Kep near Vietnam border.

Environment experts in Vietnam have warned against the negative impacts of a large-scale canal infrastructure project planned by neighboring Cambodia along the Mekong River.


Le Anh Tuan from the Institute of Climate Change Research at Can Tho University noted the 180-kilometer project, which ends in the coastal Cambodian province of Kep near the Vietnam border, will lead to a 50 percent decrease in water flow to Vietnam’s southern regions in the Mekong Delta.

Over half of the cultivated area in the Mekong Delta could be subject to saltwater intrusion during the dry season and the high tide period, online vnexpress quoted Tuan as saying.

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