Damming the Mekong

Michael Buckley

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The Xiaowan Dam in Nanjian County, Yunnan province, southwest China. Photograph: Marcus Rhinelander

Vietnam lies at the wrong end of the Mekong River when it comes to food and water security. In Vietnam, where the river makes the final run to the sea, the Mekong splits into a number of branches, known locally as the “mouths of the dragon.” There used to be nine mouths, but perhaps seven mouths remain these days.

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