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China’s new dam raises flooding fears in India and Bangladesh

Bridge over the Brahmaputra river.
Bridge over the Brahmaputra river. Image by anurag peshne / CC BY-SA 2.0

China has announced that a new hydroelectric dam on the Brahmaputra River in Tibet is now operational, raising fears of flooding downstream in India and Bangladesh. China had previously promised to only build HEP projects off the main course of the river, but the new scheme operates on the main channel and four similar dams are planned. The Brahmaputra regularly floods in the Indian state of Assam and 1.5 million people were displaced by particularly severe flooding in 2012. Chinese environmentalists have also questioned the need for the dam in an area with limited industry and low demand for electricity. Read more: timesofindia.indiatimes.com