The water level in the Mekong River is constantly decreasing as drought continues, putting 200 families in Thailand’s Maha Sarakham province in an urgent need of assistance.

These families battered by the severe drought have requested the provincial authorities to build a canal as a long-term drought prevention plan.

The water level in the Mekong River that passes through the country’s Chiang Rai province has seen a significant drop, as rocks and dunes have resurfaced, causing problems to water transportation in the area. Cargo ships were unable to operate as a result, forcing several logistics companies to use small boats instead.

Elsewhere in Myanmar’s Myawaddy district, over 100 workers were seen building an earthen embankment as an attempt to prevent coastal erosion, which normally happens during the rainy season. According to authorities, the erosion could change the flow of water into a different direction, which will affect cultivations in agricultural zones.-VNA