New Delhi: More than 150 people have died and more than 10 million have been displaced by the massive floods in the states of Assam, Bihar, West Bengal and Uttarakhand.
Had China provided timely information to India regarding the rivers originating from Tibet, India would have been able to avoid a lot of damage. However, China refusing to co-operate is seen by many experts as its revenge of ‘Doklam’.
Though External Affairs Ministry of India has avoided to directly alleged China, it has expressed disbelief over China not sharing the crucial hydrological data of Satluj and Brahmaputra rivers. According to the 2006 Expert Level Mechanism between the two countries on trans-border rivers, it is obligatory for China to share data with India.
Indian states of Assam, Bihar, Uttarakhand and West Bengal are heavily affected by floods which has claimed more than 150 lives. More than 10 million people have been displaced due to the deluge resulting in tremendous damages to basic infrastructure and loss of public property. The floods were initially thought to be due to heavy rains, However, the rainfall 5% below average. The rainfall in North East part of India has also been average this year. Given the circumstances, there is a strong possibility of a horrific conspiracy by China to affect floods in India.
Rivers originating in Tibet region of China, further flow into India. China has constructed several dams on these rivers. Based on the bilateral agreement in 2006, China had agreed to share periodic information of water released from dams to India.
As per this agreement China is required to share hydrological information from May to October every year. But this year China has not shared this information to India. Despite below average rainfall, massive floods are caused in the states of Assam, Bihar, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal. Experts suspect a conspiracy of China deliberately releasing excess waters through their dams as a revenge of ‘Doklam’. The External Affairs Ministry of India has avoided to confirm the suspicion. However, Foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar has expressed disbelief on China has not sharing the information about the water flow of these rivers as it does every year.
China has been threatening India of severe consequences if it does not withdraw troops from “Doklam’. Along with Chinese government media, Ministry of Defense, Foreign Ministry of China has openly threatened India. Chinese President without naming India has discreetly warned India a few days ago. Without paying much heed to such threats India continued to post its troops in Doklam. To take revenge it seems China has stooped to such a low level and released excess water from its dams to create flood situation in India.
Strategic experts are advising India to take such acts of China very seriously. Analyst have brought to notice that previously China has been engaged in similar acts to hurt India. At the same time, the analysts have backed India’s capability to hit back at China with equal blows.