World Neighbours 15 Mar 2016 China dam to provide ...

China dam to provide water to drought-hit southeast Asia

REUTERS
Published Mar 15, 2016, 9:11 pm IST
Updated Mar 15, 2016, 9:11 pm IST
The water will be released until April 10 from the Jinghong dam, ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a daily news briefing.
China "hopes it can be of help in alleviating the drought downstream", he said. (Photo: Google Maps)
 China "hopes it can be of help in alleviating the drought downstream", he said. (Photo: Google Maps)

Beijing: China will release water from a dam in its southwestern province of Yunnan to help alleviate a drought in parts of Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

The water will be released until April 10 from the Jinghong dam, ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a daily news briefing.

 

It will benefit Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, Lu added.

China "hopes it can be of help in alleviating the drought downstream", he said.

According to Vietnamese media, some 140,000 ha of rice in the Mekong Delta has been damaged by the drought with around 600,000 people facing drinking water shortages.

While China and Vietnam are involved in an increasingly bitter territorial dispute in the South China Sea, the two Communist-lead countries have traditionally had close ties.

Beijing and Hanoi have also been trying to repair ties severely harmed in 2014 when Beijing parked an oil rig in waters off the Vietnamese coast, leading to anti-China riots.

 

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