Flood situation worsens in NE as China releases water into Siang river

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/2/2018 1:01:35 PM IST

 GUWAHATI, SEP 2 (AGENCIES/PTI): The heart-balming situation is that Kerala recovers from the overwhelming damage of flood but miserably the Centre has again raised an alarm over the grim flood situation in the North Eastern states. Now North Eastern states like Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, and are caught up in the similar flood like situation in Kerala.

On Sunday, another wave of flood hit Assam inundating four districts affecting over 12,000 people while the Brahmaputra and its tributaries are flowing above the danger level.

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report said that a total of 676 hectares of farm land in Dhemaji, Biswanath, Golaghat and Sivasagar districts was also submerged in the third wave of flood this season,.

The deluge affected 12,428 people in 48 villages of these four districts.

China had earlier sent an alert to India of heavy rainfall in the region as it would soon release water into the Tsangpo River.

A flood alert was issued in low-lying areas bordering the Siang (Brahmaputra) river in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam after China warned India about the rising water level at Tsangpo river across the border. 

According to report the Brahmaputra in Assam and Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh are flowing along the danger mark as there is every a possibility of flooding the North Eastern states.

Tsangpo, the Chinese portion of the Brahmaputra, has never witnessed such heavy rainfall in the last 50 years. China released water into Siang, the Indian portion of the Brahmaputra and the water level has been swelling ever since. 

As of now, the various gauge and discharge stations at Tsangpo has recorded a release of 9,020 cumecs (cubic metres per second) of water.

Taking note of this, Meghalaya government also issued a warning on Friday evening, asking deputy commissioners of West Garo Hills, South West Garo Hills and North Garo Hills to be on high alert.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has stationed teams across vulnerable points in the North Eastern states.

Around 1,000 families have been affected who lived along the Siang River at Mebo area in East Siang. Red alerts have been issued to residents of Borguli, Seram, Namsing, Mer and Sigar villages. These villages are on the left bank of the Siang and water volume in the river is rising due to large-scale siltation.

Apart from Arunachal Pradesh, other states like Assam, Nagaland and Meghalaya have also been alerted. Round the clock surveillance is being done and disaster management was on standby.

According to a Central Water Commission (CWC) report on Sunday, the Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger level at Nimatighat in Jorhat, Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat

and Jia Bharali at N T Road Crossing in Sonitpur district.

Nagaland has confronted abnormal rainfall in the last few weeks leading to a flood-like situation in the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi while speaking to Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio Saturday assured all possible support to the flood-affected state involving the rescue and relief operations.

The Nagaland government said it requires immediate funds of estimated Rs 800 crore, for the restoration work. Twelve people have been killed, over 5,000 houses damaged in the recent floods of Nagaland.


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