China flood alert sparks fears in As­sam & other North­east states

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - DNA Correspondent correspondent@dnain­

New Delhi: China has alerted In­dia about the ris­ing wa­ter lev­els in its trans­bound­ary Tsangpo river, called Siang in Arunachal Pradesh and Brahma­pu­tra in As­sam, lead­ing to pos­si­bil­ity of floods in down­stream ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial re­ports on Thurs­day.

The fresh threat of flood, which fol­lows heavy rain­fall over Tsangpo, has trig­gered panic in the North­east states, with the East Siang dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion in Arunachal cau­tion­ing the pub­lic to stay away from the re­gions sur­round­ing the river. A no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued by the ad­min­is­tra­tion quotes the re­port re­ceived from the Chi­nese for­eign min­istry to state that the river, on the other side of the bor­der, has seen the high­est runoff in half a cen­tury — with a dis­charge of 9,020 cu­bic me­tre per sec­ond (cumec) on Wed­nes­day. Just about 15 days ago, the quan­tity of dis­charge into the Tsangpo/Brahma­pu­tra was 8,070 cumec, as per the Cen­tral Wa­ter Com­mis­sion.

As­sam’s Di­bru­garh dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion also is­sued

an or­der ask­ing of­fi­cers not to leave the dis­trict head­quar­ters as “there may be un­prece­dented rise in the wa­ter level in Brahma­pu­tra”. Ac­cord­ing to the state dis­as­ter man­age­ment author­ity, branches of the river were flow­ing above dan­ger level.

Orig­i­nat­ing in China, Tsangpo is called Siang once it en­ters In­dia through Up­per Siang dis­trict.


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