Thailand’s gold panners blame Mekong dams in China, Laos as fortune dries up – South China Morning Post

Thailand’s gold panners blame Mekong dams in China, Laos as fortune dries up – South China Morning Post

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Under a peeling sun, two Thai grandmothers pan for gold along the Mekong River, sifting both through its muddy shale banks and their own memories of happier times for a waterway which has been changed forever by upstream hydropower dams.By the time the Mekong reaches them in Loei, on the Thai-Laos border, the water has already been strained through a dozen dams – 11 of them in China and one in Laos.The dams, say locals and experts, have decimated fish habitats and changed the natural seasonal…Read More

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