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Why we should care about fate of the Mekong

Worsening environmental degradation will impact millions

| Southeast Asia
A food seller sails her boat at Cai Rang floating market on Mekong river in Can Tho, Vietnam, on May 5: more than 70 million people rely on the river for their livelihood.   © Reuters

An Pich Hatda is chief executive officer of the Mekong River Commission Secretariat.

The Mekong River is Southeast Asia's beating heart, coursing almost 5,000 km through China, where it is known as the Lancang River, and onward through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia before entering Vietnam and flowing into the sea.

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