China's dam on Brahmaputra operational
CHINA HAS announced that the first generating unit of the 9.6 billion yuan (US $1.5 billion) Zangmu hydropower station on the Yarlung Zangbo river (called the Brahmaputra in India) in Tibet has become operational. Five other generating units of the dam are due for completion next year. The news is bound to raise alarm in India as Arunachal Pradesh and Assam form the lower riparian of the Brahmaputra. India had said that damming the Brahmaputra could cause floods in these states. China's response has been that the run-of-the-river dams focus on generating electricity, which pose little danger.