02:12 PM, September 06, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:30 PM, September 06, 2018

Brahmaputra may swell, India warns

Star file photo of Brahmaputra river.

Brahmaputra River may swell up soon as China will be releasing the dam upstream to lower alarming level of water there, India has warned Bangladesh.

Bangladesh’s High Commission in New Delhi has forwarded a fax to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, informing of the alarm that is persisting in India now.

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The Daily Star has obtained a copy of the message.

It said, China has alerted India that it would release excess water of the Tsangpo river in Tibet, that has reached highest in 50 years, that accumulated due to rainfall.

The river flows downstream through India and into Bangladesh as Brahmaputra.

Following China's warning, Indian central government has asked authorities of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam to remain on high alert, the message said.

As a result, floods may occur in the downstream of the river that may impact Bangladesh too.