New Delhi: China may be responsible for floods in the eastern and north eastern states of India. The suspicion gained ground with India saying on Friday that China has not shared water release data this year. In the backdrop of doklam standoff, China may be releasing extra Brahmaputra water deliberately creating flood havoc in Assam. Bihar too is severely hit.
When asked whether China had shared hydrological data with India as floods have severely hit Assam and Bihar, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said no such data was received from Beijing on Brahmaputra this year.
India and China have an existing mechanism under which both countries share hydrological data.
However, Kumar said non sharing of hydrological data by China cannot be linked to the current standoff as there can be technical reasons for it.
Meanwhile, India has said it will continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Dokalam standoff, asserting that peace and tranquility on the border is an important pre-requisite for smooth bilateral relationship.
"We will continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution," MEA spokesperson said replying to a volley of questions on the issue.
He said said peace and tranquility in the border areas is an important pre-requisite for smooth development of bilateral relationship.
Asked about incident between Chinese troops and Indian border guards in Ladakh on August 15, the MEA spokesperson said, "Such incidents are not in the interest of either side."
He said two border personnel meetings (BPMs) had taken place between Indian border guards and Chinese troops recently.
He said one BPM had taken place at Chushul on August 16 and another one at Nathu La a week before.