New Delhi: China has alerted India of a possible flood-like situation in the Brahmaputra river in Arunachal Pradesh after a landslide blocked water upstream in Tibet, a senior Water Resources Ministry official said. The alert of a landslide and formation of an artificial lake was informed to India late on Monday through diplomatic channels, the official said to PTI. (Also read: India Lodges Protest With Pak, China Over PoK Bus Service) Also Read - China's Coronavirus-hit Hubei Province Begins Domestic Flights
“As per latest information received from the Chinese side, the estimated blocked water storage volume at landslide location (Milin Section of Yarlung Zangpo in the Chinese Territory) at 6.30 AM on Oct 31 is 337 MCM,” the Central Water Commission tweeted. Also Read - COVID-19: 194 New Cases Emerge in Single Day, Death Toll Reaches 23; Is India Ready For Stage 3?
Earlier, China had communicated about a landslide near Jiala Village in Milin County in the lower ranges of Yarlung Tsangpo river in Tibet, which led to the formation of an artificial lake. As the water started breaching the lake, the districts along the Brahmaputra in Arunachal Pradesh were put on high alert for possible flash floods. Also Read - Covid-19: Our Response Has Been Pre-Emptive, Lockdown Was Not Without Planning, Says Centre
The Yarlung Tsangpo, as it is referred to by China, is known as Siang in Arunachal Pradesh and Brahmaputra after it reaches Assam. “This time, the landslide occurred at the same place and has again led to the creation of an artificial lake, which has now started breaching. However, the situation is not grave as it was a fortnight ago,” he said.
China resumed sharing hydrological data on the Brahmaputra and Sutlej rivers in May. In April, the two sides had signed an agreement to share data on Brahmaputra and Sutlej.”The agreement also states that data has to be shared in case of an emergency, and they (China) have done that,” the official added.
Meanwhile, spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in India Counselor Ji Ron said on October 29 there was a landslide. This occurred at the same location as that of October 17 in Milin County in the lower ranges of Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibet. The river was blocked, and a barrier lake was formed again.
Ministry of Water Resources of China informed the Indian Embassy in China of the latest development, and began to share hydrological information starting from Monday night, Ji said. On Wednesday morning, the barrier lake began to overflow, he said. The Chinese side will continue to monitor the situation of the barrier lake and notify the Indian side with the relevant information timely, he said.