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UN helps prevent Mekong’s erosion

Siripun Sinbuathong 06.05.2009 20:30

CHIANG RAI, Thailand — Recently, over 200 villagers from Chiang Rai, Chiang Khong, and Ubon Ratchathani recently gathered along the Mekong River to harmoniously build sandbag walls to prevent further erosion.



Villagers say that China is to blame for the rapid erosion of the Mekong’s banks. They believe that the Jinghong and Manwan dams in the Yunnan province were responsible.

 

Ever since the completion of the Chinese dam in Mekong, villagers said that, they could no longer predict the water level in the river. Villagers feared that it could flood right after the dams release water and strong tide could destroy the riverbanks and their farming areas.

 

China blasted all of the reefs from the Jinghong down to the Golden Triangle, causing the vanishing of reefs and the drastic changes to the flow of the river. Villagers are worried that history will repeat itself because last year flood ruined 85 million Baht worth of their agricultural areas.

 

Villagers insist that the Chinese government take the full responsibility for the current and future damage.



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