The Mekong River flows in a southern, southwestern, and southeastern direction through much of its course.
What direction does the Mekong River flow?
The Mekong River in Cambodia flows southward from the Cambodia-Laos border to a point below Kracheh city, where it turns west for about 50 kilometers and then turns southwest to Phnom Penh. Extensive rapids run above Kracheh city.
Where does the Mekong River start and end?
Where does the Mekong River start?
How much of the Mekong River is in Vietnam?
The Mekong’s drainage basin covers 795,000 km²
Most of the territories of Lao PDR and Cambodia fall within the basin. A quarter (25%) of the basin is located in Lao PDR. 23% is located in Thailand, 21% in China, 20% in Cambodia, 8% in Vietnam, and the remaining 3% is in Myanmar.
What is wrong with the Mekong River?
Population growth, poor land-use planning and economic policies that encourage the unsustainable use of natural resources are among the factors increasing deforestation and biodiversity loss across the Greater Mekong region.
Why is the Mekong River Drying Up?
As China’s section of the Mekong welcomed an above average volume of water, downstream countries were stricken by a drought so crushing that parts of the river dried up entirely, leaving cracked riverbed exposed in a season when fishing should have been plentiful.