Friday, August 15, 2008
Skywatch Friday - really for 15 August 2008
I don't know what got into me last week - I originally posted the date as 15 August although it was 8 August. Must have been watching the sky too much.
The skies have not been nice to Laos since the beginning of the month. While we had a long period of drought in the south, to the point of threatening the rice crops, it's been raining heavily in the north. And coupled with releases of water from dams along the Mekong, particularly from Chinese dams, the water level has been very high. In 1966, there was severe flooding in Vientiane - and this year, the water level has been even higher.
Last Saturday, we drove down to the south. This is at Pakkading:
This is the Sekong River:
Route 13 looking south:
And back in my house, looking out the back window on Thursday:
Meanwhile, in Vientiane, everyone's been working on fortifying the levee, which was built after the 1966 floods. There are low areas to the west of where I live and to the south but my own house is dry. I've been calling my landlady for daily updates. I'm a little worried about my mother cat and her kittens!
This is my contribution to Skywatch Friday. For more views of the sky from around the world, click here.