Your question: How dangerous is the Mekong River?

Two main risks include the obstruction of the estimated 600 migratory fish species that swim to their spawning ground and the trapping of sediment by dams upstream that prohibits the replenishment of the delta’s nutrients.

Is it safe to swim in the Mekong River?

Despite concerns about competiting in the Mekong’s murky waters, organizers were keen to point out that while there is always a slight risk associated with swimming in rivers, the cloudy waters of the Mekong are a result of fine sediment floating in the water, rather than high levels of pollution.

How many people died in the Mekong River?

The Mekong River massacre occurred on the morning of 5 October 2011, when two Chinese cargo ships were attacked on a stretch of the Mekong River in the Golden Triangle region on the borders of Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand.

Mekong River massacre
Deaths 13 Chinese crew members

Why is the Mekong River called the mother of all rivers?

The Mekong River is called the “mother of waters” because it is such a tremendous resource for such a large number of people.

Is the Mekong River dying?

Drying up segments of the once fast-flowing river and leaving the region facing imminent drought. … According to the Mekong River Commission, a regional intergovernmental body that aims to jointly manage the river’s water resources.

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