Alert sounded in Arunachal after landslide in China

Alert sounded in Arunachal after landslide in China

China has informed Indian authorities that another landslide occurred in the Yarlung Tsangpo river in Tibet region, prompting an alert in downstream areas in Arunachal Pradesh.

The message sent to the Central Water Commission on Tuesday morning said the fresh landslide occurred on Monday at the same place where a massive landslide had occurred on October 17. 

The Yarlung Tsangpo is called Siang in Arunachal Pradesh and as the Brahmaputra as it flows further downstream into Assam.

"The water discharge may not cause any damage or loss of lives and properties along the Siang river but the water level needs to be constantly monitored for 3-4 days from Tuesday. There may be no danger but people living along riverside should be alerted. People should be immediately advised not to venture into river Siang for fishing, bathing, boating, picnic or any other activity in the river. While ensuring that there is no panic among the people on the news, please remain alert and keep a close watch," says an alert issued by Arunachal Pradesh Disaster Management Department.

As per the report, the quantity of water discharged by the river Yarlung Tsangpo this time is much less than the discharge between October 17 to 20, it said.

Panic gripped Arunachal Pradesh and at least four districts in neighbouring Assam on October 17 after China informed Indian authorities that water level in the Siang could suddenly go up due to a massive landslide in the Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibet region, about 280-km upstream from the Indian border.