Beijing shared the information with India because of unprecedented situation on the Chinese side where Tsangpo broke a 150-year record with swollen waters.
Itanagar/New Delhi : China has alerted India about the rising water in river Tsangpo, called Siang in Arunachal Pradesh and Brahmaputra in Assam, leading to possibility of floods in downstream areas, Arunachal Pradesh MP Ninong Ering said on Thursday.
A senior official of the Union Water Resources Ministry said it was an unprecedented situation on the Chinese side where Tsangpo broke a 150-year record with swollen waters and hence China has shared the information with India.
Ering said the communication from China came following heavy rains in that country after which Tsangpo was in spate, reports PTI.
“The local authorities told me that the Chinese government has conveyed to Indian government that there is a possibility of floods in parts of Arunachal Pradesh. We have taken the alert seriously and cautioned people,” he told PTI.
According to a Chinese government report, 9020 cumec of water was discharged into Tsangpo/Brahmaputra river as observed at various stations on Wednesday.
The MP said Siang has been calm till Thursday but people in East and Upper Siang districts were cautioned. “My own village is in danger of getting flooded,” he said.
The Union Water Resources Ministry official said the effect may not be so strong in the country even through it was an alarming situation in China.
This was the first time this year that China shared the river data with India, the official said.