Monitoring situation closely, Keshab Mahanta on Siang alert


Assam Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta today (Aug 31) said that the government is monitoring the situation arising out of the alert sounded by China in the wake of the Tsangpo river in China swelling amid heavy rainfall. The Assam Water Resources Minister said there is no reason to panic and that departmental officials are keeping a close watch on the water-level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries.

Mahanta said he has instructed engineers and officials of the department to closely monitor the situation and that an engineer has also been stationed at Pasighat to keep a tab on the water level of the Siang that has been witnessing sea-like waves.

“We are monitoring the situation very closely. There has not been any increase in the water level of the Brahmaputra. There is no need for people to panic,” he said.


Incidentally, Chinese authorities had earlier issued an alert, warning the Indian Government of the possibility of massive flooding in downstream States of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam following incessant rainfall in the neighbouring country.