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ダムがメコンを死の川に変えた

Damming the Lower Mekong, Devastating the Ways and Means of Life,The New York Times,20.2.16

Thailand funded the first dam on the river in Laos, and it is Thai towns, farms and fisheries that are suffering.

NONG KHAI, Thailand — The water is so clear on the Mekong River in northeastern Thailand that the sunlight pierces through to the riverbed, transforming the waterway into a glinting, empty aquarium. It is beautiful but it means death.

At this time of year in Thailand, this stretch of the world’s most productive river should be brown and swollen with silt. Instead, a prolonged drought and a huge new dam over the border in Laos, the first on the lower Mekong, have stolen the nutrients needed to sustain life.

On another bend, the Mekong almost disappears entirely, a trickle of stagnant water surrounded by a lunar landscape of sere hillocks and desiccated roots. This is the season that fish normally spawn here, but there is no water.

“Our nets are almost empty,” said Buorot Chaokhao, who has fished the Mekong’s waters in Nong Khai, just across the riverine border from Laos, for nearly five decades. “Maybe our way of life on the river is finished.”

The lower Mekong, which makes its way through five countries, was one of the world’s few remaining free rivers. But a hydropower boom, coupled with extreme weather patterns attributed to climate change, is radically remaking the waterway.・・・・・・

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Green algae, blue water add to fears over Mekong health,Bangkok Post,20.1.11

 

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