Bhutan stops releasing irrigation water to India

Bhutan stops releasing irrigation water to India

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Bhutan is reported to have stopped its irrigation water flow near Assam, which borders India, causing difficulties for thousands of farmers in 25 villages in the region.

Authorities in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, said that the flow of irrigation water has been blocked, which is an attempt to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Since 1953, the channel has been used by Bhutanese and Indian farmers in the region.

Thimphu also banned foreigners from entering, including Indian farmers who had crossed Bhutan’s river channels in the past, and forwarded them to irrigate Assam’s farms.

Local farmers also protested the water blockade.

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