Guwahati: In a fresh warning, the Disaster Management Department of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday said that there could be flash floods in the state. The alert was issued after taking a note of the landslide taking place along the Yarlung Zargbo river in China that flows into India. Notably, the river is known as Siang in Arunachal Pradesh and the Brahmaputra in Assam.

The department has also urged people to prepare themselves for the flood-like situation. While issuing series of warning, the disaster department urged people to stay away from venturing into the Siang river for fishing and swimming. Further, the disaster has also asked people to keep a strict vigil.

It must be noted that the Central Water Commission (CWC), which keeps a vigil on the water level of these rivers, has already confirmed that the water level of Siang recorded a drop at Tuting around 11.00 pm on Monday. In case of such a landslide, the water level goes down as it blocks the flow of river, triggering fears of sudden gushing of the blocked water once the path is clear.

“The Upper Brahmaputra Division of the CWC has received a letter from Chinese authorities about a landslide occurring in Yarlung Zangbo on Monday,” said a senior CWC officer, adding the water level in the river might rise due to the landslide.

The CWC, however, said that at present there is nothing to panic about.

Yarlung Zangbo, which originates in the glaciers of Tibbet, flows through China to India before merging into the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh.

Earlier this month also there were reports of some landslide in the river which had blocked the flow of the river, leading to speculation that there might be flash flood-like situation in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

The Central government had sent eight companies of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to Assam and six to Arunachal Pradesh to deal with any kind of eventuality.

(With agency inputs)