China to release water from dam to alleviate SE Asia drought

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A father with his children walk over the cracked soil of a 1.5 hectare dried up fishery at the Novaleta town in Cavite province, south of Manila May 26, 2015. A father with his children walk over the cracked soil of a 1.5 hectare dried up fishery at the Novaleta town in Cavite province, south of Manila May 26, 2015.

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China will release water from a dam in its southwestern province of Yunnan to help alleviate a drought in parts of Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
The water will be released until April 10 from the Jinghong dam, ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a daily news briefing.
It will benefit Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, Lu added.
China "hopes it can be of help in alleviating the drought downstream", he said.
According to Vietnamese media, some 140,000 ha of rice in the Mekong Delta has been damaged by the drought with around 600,000 people facing drinking water shortages.

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