Flood warning : Arunachal, Assam on alert,

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he Brahmaputra is the most important river in Northeast India and originates in Tibet. Every year large parts of Assam are flooded due to heavy rainfall. With China releasing more water, the situation may aggravate.

China has alerted India about the rising water in river Tsangpo, called Siang in Arunachal Pradesh and Brahmaputra in Assam, leading to possibility of floods in downstream areas, Arunachal Pradesh MP Ninong Ering said on Thursday.

“The local authorities told me that the Chinese government has conveyed to Indian government that there is a possibility of floods in parts of Arunachal Pradesh. We have taken the alert seriously and cautioned people,” he said.

According to a Chinese government report, 9020 cumec of water was discharged into Tsangpo/Brahmaputra river as observed at various stations on Wednesday.

In the neighbouring districts of Dibrugarh and Dhemaji in Assam, the authorities have taken precautionary measures in view of Assam state disaster management authority and Central Water Commission warning that there may be unprecedented rise in the water level of Brahmaputra river as a result of release of excess water by China.

Reports from Dibrugarh said the district’s deputy commissioner Loya Maduri has directed the stakeholders to remain alert about the possible rising of water level of the Brahmaputra.

Similar measures have also been taken in Dhemaji district, official sources said.

HIGHLIGHTS
China says it has been raining heavily in Tibet
Water level in Tsangpo river has reached the highest mark in past 50 years
Arunachal asks people to remain on alert, not panic
China has issued an alert to India stating that it may release excess water into the Brahmaputra river (Tsangpo in Tibet) because of heavy rainfall in the river’s upper reaches.
The central government has asked Arunachal Pradesh to remain on high alert and has forwarded details of the alert sent by China.
China’s letter states that it will soon be releasing excess water as it has been raining heavily in the region. It is learnt that water level in Tsangpo has reached the highest mark in the past 50 years, forcing authorities to increase the discharge rate into the river.
Authorities have alerted people in Jarku, Paglek, Jarkong, Banskota, Berung and Namsing areas that are located adjacent to Siang river (a tributary of Brahmaputra) in Arunachal Pradesh. They have been asked to refrain from going to low-lying areas and not to venture into the river.
However, despite the alert, the government says there is no need to panic but people must remain alert.
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