Remarks of Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in India Counselor Ji Rong on the Landslide Incident in Lower Ranges of Yaluzangbu River of Tibet
2018-10-19 03:10

Q: It is reported that a landslide occurred in the lower ranges of the Yaluzangbu River, blocking the river and forming a barrier lake. Has China notified the countries along the lower ranges of the Yaluzangbu River such as India?

A: On the early morning of October 17th, a landslide took place near Jiala Village in Milin County in the lower ranges of Yaluzangbu River in Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The river was blocked, and a barrier lake was formed. After the incident happened, Ministry of Water Resources of China informed the Indian side immediately and activated the Emergency Information Sharing Mechanism. According to the instruction from Ministry of Water Resources of China to inform India the hydrological information of the Yaluzangbu River at emergency, the Hydrological Bureau of Tibet Autonomous Region of China has begun to share with the Indian side hydrological information every hour, such as the water level and flow rate at the Nuxia hydrological station and the temporary hydrological station downstream of the barrier lake. The Chinese side will closely monitor situation of the barrier lake, and continue to notify the Indian side the follow-up developments through bilaterally agreed channels timely.

The Chinese side has been keeping close communication with the Indian side on Yaluzangbu River hydrological information this time, reflecting another positive gesture of implementing the Wuhan consensus between our two leaders. In April this year, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modiji reached important consensus on promoting China-India all-round cooperation during the informal summit in Wuhan. In June, the two leaders met on the sidelines of SCO Qingdao Summit, and witnessed the signing of the MoU concerning cross-border river cooperation. I believe, with the joint efforts of both sides, China and India will carry out more positive and pragmatic cooperation in more fields and continuously push forward the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations.

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