Assam/Arunachal Pradesh : The administrative authorities in districts of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, through which the Siang and Brahmaputra rivers flow, have advised the riverbank residents to be on “high alert” after a landslide hit Tibet in China region blocking the Yarlung Tsangpo river.
High alert across Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border
The Tsangpo river which originates in Tibet is the headwaters of Brahmaputra river after the Tsangpo enters India via Arunachal Pradesh and then after Assam.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed authorities in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts to remain on alert to prevent any catastrophe.
High alert as Siang water level rises
A landslide on October 16 had blocked the Yarlung Tsangpo near a village in Menling County of Tibet has created a barrier lake on the river following which, around 6,000 people there have been evacuated and a high alert apprehending a potential disaster id the barrier breaks, has been alerted through out the downstream – Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
Meanwhile, eight companies of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from Bhubaneshwar in Odisha and another additional six teams from Kolkata will reach Pasighat on Saturday.
Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border on high alert
The Brahmaputra river has its origin at Burang County of Tibet from the Angsi glacier which flows through China as Yarlung Tsangpo and along converges with several tributaries to enter into India through Upper Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh where it is called Siang. It meets with several other tributaries and enters Assam where it is called Brahmaputra. From Assam it enters Bangladesh to meet Ganga and become Padma river before finally meeting the Bay of Bengal.