Kamphong Khleang village on the Tonle Sap, Cambodia comparison November 2017 to November 2019

This large fishing village along Southeast Asia’s largest lake in Cambodia should be underwater, instead its bone dry.

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Drought in 2019 has left the “floating village” of Kampong Khleang along Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake dry when the ground underneath the village should be submerged at this time of year. Now should be peak fishing season for fishers in the village, but its fishers are likely unable to get their boats into the lake due to low levels. Stimson compares this November 2019 image to a similar date in 2017, since 2017 was the closest normal year for precipitation in the Mekong.

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