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Leaders Discuss Low Water In Asia.

April 4, 2010 — Leaders from five Asian nations discuss the plight of the Mekong river.

The leaders of four Southeast Asian nations gathered in Thailand on Sunday to talk about how climate change is hurting their citizen's water supply.

The Mekong River is running dangerously dry. It is the lowest it has been in fifty years.

Leaders from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam planned to discuss the many challenges that the drying river poses to their nations. Dignitaries from China also participated in the discussion.

Some of the issues that were brought to the table centered around the long term consequences of climate change and its effects on the Mekong Basin.

The meeting hopes to engage the nations that collectively make up the river basin and create a dialogue for stakeholders. Members in attendance say that the meeting is important to work out future plans for transboundary water resource management.

'This would be a very important opportunity to consider how to share in terms of water usage,'said Thai Natural Resources and Environmental Minister, Suwit Khunkitti.

Some parties at the meeting point a finger at China. They say the nation is contributing to the severe drought on the lower Mekong countries by building gigantic hydropower dams that could block the already depleted water from reaching the downstream countries.

The Mekong is Southeast Asia's biggest river. It flows 4,350 km from the glaciers of Tibet to the farmland delta of southern Vietnam.

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