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China didn't share hydrological data with India

DH News Service, New Delhi, Aug 19 2017, 2:39 IST
China had so far not shared with India any data so far this year.

China had so far not shared with India any data so far this year.

China has not shared with India any hydrological data on Brahmaputra and Sutlej rivers so far this year although bilateral arrangements in place required it to do so.

Amid the continuing face-off between Indian Army and Chinese People’s Liberation Army at Doklam Plateau in western Bhutan, New Delhi on Friday said that Beijing had not shared with it hydrological data for rivers flowing from China to India so far this year. “For this year, as far as I know, we have not received hydrological data from Chinese side,” Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, said in New Delhi.

The overflowing Brahmaputra this monsoon caused a massive flood that wreaked havoc in Assam, killing over 60 people and displacing over 33 lakh people in 25 districts of the state. With the water level rising in the Sutlej, over 10,000 acres of agricultural land were inundated in Punjab. The hydrological data received from China helps India to prepare for the rise in water level of Brahmaputra and Sutlej during the monsoon season and assess the possibility of a flood or flood-like situation and its extent.

Yarlung Tsangpo, a 1700 kilometer long river, originates at Jima Yangzong glacier near Mount Kailash in Tibet Autonomous Region of China and flows into Arunachal Pradesh, where it is known as Siang and Dihang, and then into Assam as Brahmaputra. It later flows into Bangladesh. Sutlej also originates from Lake Rakshashtal in Tibet and flows through Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana before flowing into Pakistan.

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