Mekong higher than 2000 flood levels

August 20, 2008 at 2:10 am Leave a comment

Radio Australia – August 20, 2008

High flood waters are continuing to move down the Mekong River.

The Mekong River Commission says the river from northern Thailand to central Cambodia is higher than it was in 2000, when the worst floods in four decades struck southern Vietnam.

The Vietnamese government has ordered rescue forces to be ready to move people from dangerous areas in southern Vietnam, where the Mekong river reaches the South China Sea.

Cambodian disaster management officials have alerted villagers of rising waters and authorities have prepared 4,000 boats and life-jackets for vulnerable areas in the eastern provinces of Kampong Cham and Kratie.

Four people have been killed in flooding and landslides in Laos, where the Mekong river has hit its highest level in at least 100 years after several months of unusually heavy rain.

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