JONAI, Aug 30 - The district administrations of East Siang in Arunachal Pradesh, and Dhemaji and Dibrugarh have sounded alert of deluge due to unprecedented rise of water in Siang river, creating panic among the people living in downstream Assam.
East Siang Deputy Commissioner (DC) Tamiyo Tatak following a report of heavy downpour in the Tsangpo basin in China, which was relayed to the Arunachal government by the Government of India, sounded alert of possible deluge by the Siang river and asked the people residing in low lying areas to refrain from venturing into the river and nearby water bodies to prevent any eventualities.
The DC in a circular issued on Wednesday stated that the Tsangpo river has been swelling with a discharge of 9,020 cumec on Wednesday morning, which broke the record of last five decades.
Following the report received from the Arunachal government, the Dhemaji district administration also sounded high alert and asked the people of riverine villages to be ready for shifting to safer places. The district administration, however, asked the people not to panic as the water resources department is keeping a vigil on the situation and any impending danger would be informed to the people in advance.
Likewise, the Dibrugarh district administration referring to a report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority warned the people of unprecedented rise of water level in the Brahmaputra river that might cause severe flood on the left bank. The administration in an order issued today also asked the government officials not to leave the district headquarters and stay alert to deal with the situation.
Meanwhile, the Central Water Commission (CWC) has reported that the discharge of the Tsangpo on August 14 was 8,070 cumec and the incremental discharge should not inflict severe damages and as such, people should not panic.
Staff Reporter adds: State Water Resources Secretary RP Das told The Assam Tribune in Guwahati this evening that as per the information available with the Dibrugarh control room of the department, the Siang was flowing at 153.33 metres at Pasighat at 6 pm today.
The danger level of the river at this Arunachal Pradesh town is 153.96 metres. However, the water level of the river has been rising since 12 noon today.