» 06/27/2012, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Drought warning in Sri Lanka: 60,000 hectares of cultivated land at risk
The delay of the monsoon rains threatens to destroy rice and other crops in the northern, northwestern and central northern areas of the country. The energy blackouts are starting: the water supplies of the hydroelectric reservoirs are almost exhausted. Agriculture Minister promises state aid.
Drought and Famine in India due to scarce monsoons
The rains during this monsoon season had been scarce, sometime not even half of the normal. Some states had already declared a state of drought. The rice harvest will be 10 millions tons less. The specter of starvation is threatening India.
06/04/2010 THAILAND – CHINA – VIETNAM
Mekong nations meet after 15 years
The second summit of the Mekong River Commission, which includes Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, ended yesterday with a joint statement on a common action plan to develop the river. Delegates from Myanmar and China attend the meeting as ‘dialogue partners’. Beijing rejects accusations that its hydropower development is harming the river basin.
30/04/2016 12:45:00 CAMBODIA
Drought kills hundreds of animals, survival of villages at risk
In many areas of the country lack of water and high temperatures means survival is at risk. 50 degrees reached in areas. Tons of fish and hundreds of species of animals - monkeys, reptiles, birds – have died in the last days. People wait for rainy season and the arrival of the monsoon.
Lao Farmers Devastated by Severe Drought
The ongoing drought in the Southeast Asian region linked to the El Niño phenomenon. More than 104,000 hectares of freshly planted rice seedlings affected; crops such as sweet corn, sesame and job's tear fruit were also hard hit. Monsoon season could lead to severe flooding and landslides.
21/08/2009 SRI LANKA
Going home remains a pipe dream for Tamil refugees
The government in Colombo blames the slow pace on NGOs tasked with de-mining in areas formerly controlled by the Tamil Tigers. Re-settlement plans should be completed by the end of the year, but many fear that further delays are still possible. In the meantime the monsoon season is making the humanitarian situation in refugee camps even worse.
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