Arunachal Pradesh : After China released water into the Tsangpo river which ultimately led to the rise in the Brahmaputra river along with an alert being sounded in the three Siang districts of Arunachal Pradesh as well in the Upper Assam , Chinese authorities have informed their Indian counterparts that there is nothing to panic.
China releases water into Tsangpo
The Central Water Commission, Dibrugarh also informed the people that they need not panic due to China releasing water into Tsangpo and may remain calm, yet an alert has been sounded both in Arunachal Pradesh as well as in Upper Assam.
The Chinese authorities released 9020 cumec of water on the Siang, which is known as the Yarlung Tsangpo or Yalungzangbu in China. The Tsangpo, as it is known in Tibet, flows as the Siang in Arunachal and the Brahmaputra in Assam.
The Central Water Commission, Dibrugarh stated that the river had discharged 8,070 cumec water on August 14 and the difference of 950 cumec would not inflict severe damages. The Commission stated that foolproof precautionary measures should be taken.
China releases water into Tsangpo but assures Indians not to worry
Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner Laya Maduri said, “We have sent out team to various flood-prone areas under Chabua revenue circle. We are closely monitoring the situation. If required, we will evacuate people from those areas. Vehicles, boats have been kept ready at vulnerable areas.”
As per reports, at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh, the Siang is 756 metres wide and there the above added flow of the river will be able to raise its water level only by three metres. When the river enters Assam at Jonai, the width of the river is around 7 km and hence the water level of the river will rise by only 30 cm there.
It may be mentioned that the high waves of the river are reportedly confined only to the river’s reaches in Pasighat. No impact of this changed behaviour of the river has been recorded in the downstream areas of Assam.