Residents Fret Over Parched Mekong River

Inter Press Service: Like many residents of this slow-paced Lao capital, graduate student Packno usually enjoys meeting up with her family and friends for dinner at any of the restaurants along the Mekong River. That's because once the sun begins to set, the riverside breeze also starts getting cooler. Or at least that's how it used to be. Nowadays, "it's still very hot in the evening at six or seven p.m. Since the Mekong has been running dry, the weather is getting hotter," says Packno, who preferred to ......

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