Siang water level rises marginally

Last Updated: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 13:29

Itanagar: The water level of the Siang
river at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh rose slightly this
morning after it sharply fell last evening causing panic among
people.

Though Pasighat deputy commissioner Talem Tapok said
the rise in the water level could be because of heavy rainfall
in the catchment areas last night, government officials said
they would request the Centre to investigate the causes.
A government spokesman said last night that people of
the century-old Pasighat town in East Siang district had found
that the water level of the river, known as the Brahmaputra in
Assam and the Meghna in Bangladesh, receded so much that it
almost dried.

Tako Dabi, the government spokesman, said that the
phenomenon had never been witnessed before.

But in June 9, 2000 the Siang had risen suddenly by 30
metres inundating almost the entire township claiming seven
lives besides causing widespread damage to property following
the collapse of a hydropower dam in Tibet.
The chief engineer of the Water Resources Development
Department WRD), L Angu, told PTI this morning that there was
nothing to worry about since for the last several years there
was no consistency in the water flow in the river.

Rajya Sabha member from the state Mukut Mithi said all
rivers in the state, including the Siang, recorded extremely
low water level because of scanty rainfall this monsoon.

Tako Dabi, who inspected the spot last night, was
apprehensive that either China might have diverted the water
of the river which is known as Yarlong Tsangpo in Tibet or
there could be some artificial blockade.

WRD minister Newlai Tingkhatra said that he had
alerted the district administration and the disaster
management department to be in vigil for any eventuality.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 13:29

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