Low Mekong hurting fish farmers

Low Mekong hurting fish farmers

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.

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