China said on Tuesday it will release water from a dam on the upper Mekong River, that will help ease drought conditions in a number of Vietnamese places, one day after the move was requested by Vietnam.
From March 15 to April 10, water will be released by China from Jinghong Hydropower Station to downstream regions for emergency use, Chinese Foreign Ministry Representative Lu Kang told a regular press conference on Tuesday.
The move is anticipated to ease Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, along with the present drought in Vietnam, and Thailand, as stated by the minutes of the meeting released on the web site of the ministry.
“Since the end of 2015, as a result of El Nino phenomenon, states along the Mekong River have endured drought of distinct levels, and people’s lives and work have been affected,” Lu said, adding the Chinese government has made a decision to assist those nations cope together with the drought.
The answer came after Vietnam said it had filed a request via diplomatic channels to the Chinese side with regard to the discharge of much needed water.
The Mekong River flows through six states, including Laos, Myanmar, China, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
The low lying and greatly cultivated Mekong area is Vietnam’s rice basket and is home to more than 20 million Vietnamese individuals.
Vietnam is enduring its worst drought in almost a century as salinization is affecting farmers in the Mekong Delta, with scientists blaming it on the on-going 2015-2016 El Nino weather phenomenon, among the very most effective on record, according to AFP.