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Bangladesh on alert as Brahmaputra may flood

  • Published at 05:23 pm September 6th, 2018
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Flooding of the Brahmaputra River could cause widespread damage in Bangladesh Dhaka Tribune

A fax message forwarded by the Bangladesh High Commission in Delhi to the Foreign Affairs and Water Resources ministries on Wednesday contained the ominous warning

Bangladesh has become alert to the discharge of excess water by Chinese dams, which may result in floods downstream of the Brahmaputra River.

A fax message forwarded by the Bangladesh High Commission in Delhi to the Foreign Affairs and Water Resources ministries on Wednesday contained the ominous warning, reports UNB.

China recently alerted India that it would release excess water into the Brahmaputra River following heavy rainfall on the upper course of the river, known as Tsangpo, located in Tibet, read the fax.

The message also said reports indicated that the water level in the Tsangpo River has now reached the highest mark in 50 years, forcing local authorities to discharge excess water into the Brahmaputra River.


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Diplomatic sources said India has informed the officials concerned in Bangladesh of the matter.

The Indian government is on high alert as well, as the river also runs through Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

According to reports from our Sylhet correspondent Md Sirajul Islam, the chief engineer of the Sylhet Water Development Board said Bangladesh has been alerted about the release of excess water by China, which may have a possible impact on Bangladesh.

According to the message forwarded by Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi, there are fears that the release of the excess water by China may cause floods downstream of the Brahmaputra.

Sirajul Islam added that he had received a message from the ministry saying that Sylhet would not be affected by the possible swellingof the Brahmaputra, as the region is situated in the Meghna basin.