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China to maintain contact with India on artificial lakes on Brahmaputra

She said verification by the Chinese authorities has revealed that lakes are on the eastern section of the India- China boundary

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Brahmaputra, Brahmaputra river
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will maintain communication with to deal with massive lakes formed by landslides on the river in following an earthquake, which caused concerns of a sudden flooding on the Indian side, a said today.

According to reports, three huge artificial lakes, whose size and volume of water in them are yet to be ascertained, were formed in the river, locally known as the Yarlung Tsangpo, due to after a 6.4-magnitude in last month.

The massive accumulation of water has caused concerns that if the lakes join or burst, millions of people residing along the banks of both (in Arunachal Pradesh) and (in Assam) downstream could get affected.

"The Chinese side, through the existing channels, will maintain communication with the Indian side on the cross- border rivers," Chinese told here.

She said verification by the Chinese authorities has revealed that lakes are on the eastern section of the India- boundary.

"It is caused by natural factors. It is not a man-made accident. I noticed that authorised Indian professionals have made an analysis and clarified," she said, referring to reports of the lakes being detected by satellites.

"We hope the Indian media will not make a groundless speculation on this," she said.

She said the Chinese officials concerned will maintain communication with the Indian side on the issue.

Earlier, had refuted reports that the highly- polluted water in the river was caused by attempts to build a massive tunnel to divert the water to neighbouring arid Xinjiang region.

The issue was reportedly discussed during the recent 20th border talks between NSA and Chinese State Councillor, on December 22 in

The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488 km long Line of Actual Control (LAC). While China claims as Southern Tibet, asserts that the dispute covered Aksai Chin area which was occupied by China during the 1962 war.

First Published: Tue, December 26 2017. 15:51 IST
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