NEW DELHI: China has informed India about a landslide in the trans-border Yarlung Zangbo river or the Brahmaputra and activated the emergency information sharing of hydrological data on an hourly basis.
“On the early morning of October 17, a landslide took place near Jiala village in Milin county in the lower ranges of Yaluzangbu river in Tibet Autonomous Region. The river was blocked, and a barrier lake was formed. After the incident, ministry of water resources of China informed the Indian side immediately and activated the Emergency Information Sharing Mechanism,” a Chinese official told ET.
“On 17 October, the Chinese side informed us about a landslide blocking the main stream of Yarlung Zangbo/Brahmaputra River in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Based on the information provided, all relevant authorities of the Central Government and concerned State Governments have been apprised about the emerging situation to enable them to take necessary precautionary measures in this regard. We are in regular contact with the Chinese side for further updates,” the ministry of external affairs said in its response.
“According to the instruction from ministry of water resources of China to inform India, the hydrological information of the Yaluzangbu at emergency, the Hydrological Bureau of Tibet Autonomous Region of China has begun to share with the Indian side hydrological information every hour, such as the water level and flow rate at the Nuxia hydrological stationdownstream of the barrier lake,” the Chinese official informed.
The Chinese side will closely monitor situation of the barrier lake, and continue to notify the Indian side the follow-up developments through bilaterally agreed channels. “The Chinese side has been keeping close communication with the Indian side on Yaluzangbu River hydrological information this time, reflecting another positive gesture of implementing the Wuhan consensus between our two leaders. In April, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modiji reached important consensus on promoting China-India all-round cooperation in Wuhan. In June, the two leaders met on the sidelines of SCO Qingdao Summit, and witnessed the signing of the MoU concerning crossborder river cooperation,” noted the Chinese official.
The Arunachal Pradesh government has sounded alert over likelihood of flash floods due to blockade of Yarlung Zangbo river in Tibet. Dhemaji, a district in Assam, is also on alert. The East Siang district administration has advised people not to venture near the Siang river.
“Paramilitary and disaster management teams are on high alert. We have made detailed plans,” Arunachal Pradesh chief secretary Satya Gopal told ET.
Roshni Aparanji Korati, deputy commissioner of Dhemaji, said two teams of NDRF are in the district and four more teams will reach by Saturday.