Low Mekong hurting fish farmers
published : 9 Sep 2020 at 04:00
newspaper section: News
NAKHON PHANOM: Water levels in the Mekong River and its tributaries are very low, jeopardising the livelihoods of fish farmers, local authorities said yesterday.
In Muang district, the water is only about 5 metres high, 8 metres below the spill-over level of 13 metres. It is the lowest September level for five years. Three tributaries -- the Nam Oun, Nam Songkhram and Nam Kam -- are at 20-30% of capacity.
The low levels have affected farmers raising fish, especially in Nam Oun and Nam Songkhram. Thanee Wandee, 44, a farmer in Tha Uthen district, said frequent changes to the water's oxygen content can easily kill his fish.