Guwahati: As a part of its annual practice of sharing hydrological data during monsoons for flood preparedness in Northeast, China on Friday started sharing the data with India for Brahmapurta river.
The longest river in Northeast, Brahmaputra plays a crucial role in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. According to reports, China shared the information from three hydrological stations — Nugesha, Yangcun and Nuxia — lying on the mainstream of the river, known as Yarlung Zangbo in China, said officials in the Jal Shakti ministry.
Meanwhile, for Sutlej river, data was shared from Tsada station. The river is known as Langqen Zangbod in China.
India and China have a signed agreement under which Beijing shares hydrological data with New Delhi. According to this agreement, data for Brahmaputra is shared from May 15, and for Sutlej river, the data is shared from June 1. Data is shared twice daily until October.
This exchange of data has been continuous except in 2017, when China stopped sharing the hydrological data citing that it was washed away due to floods.
The event coincided with infamous 73-day Doklam stand-off between the two neighbours that took place during the peak monsoon period. And diplomatic and political dialogues had to destress the situation.