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Foreign Correspondent: Laos/Cambodia - Mekong, Might And Power
Laos/Cambodia - Mekong, Might And Power
ABC  |  October 5, 2010
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Giant catfish the size of family refrigerators hide in the depths with 1200 other species of exotic wildlife. Further downstream are rare and mysterious freshwater dolphins. Communities frame their lives around what the river provides: food, jobs, transport - or if you're a bunch of laughing children - a skylarking dip in the backyard splash pool. By the time the Amazon of Asia - the mighty Mekong River - reaches Laos it's already been put to serious use by the Chinese and now the little landlocked communist nation wants to do the same, big-time.

Giant catfish the size of family refrigerators hide in the depths with 1200 other species of exotic wildlife. Further downstream are rare and mysterious freshwater dolphins. Communities frame their lives around what the river provides: food, jobs, transport - or if you're a bunch of laughing children - a skylarking dip in the backyard splash pool. By the time the Amazon of Asia - the mighty Mekong River - reaches Laos it's already been put to serious use by the Chinese and now the little landlocked communist nation wants to do the same, big-time.

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