An alert has been sounded by the district administrations of East Siang in Arunachal Pradesh and Dhemaji in Assam following heavy rainfall in China that has led to an increase in water level of the Tsangpo river.
After the increase in water level of the Tsangpo river that becomes Siang after entering Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh and later turns into the Brahmaputra in Assam, the East Siang district administration issued the alert, asking people living near the river not to venture into the river or carry out fishing activities and swimming “to avoid any evantualities”.
The notification further asked people to remain alert but maintained that there is no reason to panic.
#BREAKING | Flood spectre returns to haunt people of #ArunachalPradesh & north bank districts of #Assam after Tsanpo river swells following cloud burst and heavy rainfall in China; East Siang district administration asks people to desist from swimming in Siang, remain alert. pic.twitter.com/bstmWpLbvb
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A similar alert has also been issued by the Dhemaji district administration asking people to remain cautious and not to venture into the river.
Meanwhile, many people living near the river were seen moving to the uplands and other safer places after the alert was sounded.
#FLASH | After sudden increase in water level of #Tsangpo river in China, and the alert issued by East Siang district administration in #ArunachalPradesh and officials in #Assam, people living near the Siang are downstream areas are moving to safer areas. pic.twitter.com/UkwxZ5sPPp
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Water resource department officials, however, said there has been a rise in the water level of the Siang.