Not China, but unannounced release of water from a dam in Bhutan on Wednesday inundated large tracts of land in Barpeta and Baksa districts of Assam bordering the Himalayan nation, affecting more than 24,000 people. India and Bhutan have an agreement of sharing information of release of water from its dams, waters from which flow down to Assam. In 2004, an artificial lake upstream of Kurichu dam, which is located north of the international border shared by Assam, burst resulting in sudden flooding of the State in Barpeta and Nalbari districts.
Release without warning by Bhutan
Authorities of the two districts, Barpeta and Baksa said that there was no prior warning by Bhutan before releasing the water from its Kurichu dam, which flooded Manas and Beki rivers, the two principle tributaries of Brahmaputra River in lower Assam. A large portion of Manas National Park, a UNESCO heritage site, was inundated on Wednesday night after an embankment breach. Deputy Commissioner of Baksa district Sanjeeb Kumar Gogoi said, ‘The release of water by Bhutan was unannounced and together with the incessant rains here, Manas National Park was inundated. However, the water has receded today morning and no animal has been affected.’
According to State Disaster Management Authority, 12 villages in Kalgachia revenue circle in Barpeta districts were inundated by the sudden rise in water level of Beki River. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Barepta district Tankeswar Das said that the Bordanga-Ramarpar road has been breached. A lower primary school at Bordanga has also been inundated.