Landslide in China: Brahamputra flow blocked, Siang drying

Arunachal’s rivers including Siang drying up after land slide in China. Ninong Ering wrote letter to Sushma Swaraj and Arun Ram Meghwal.


 

New Delhi/ Itanagar

Around 6,000 people have been evacuated following a landslide in Tibet that blocked the flow of one of the region’s key rivers, China’s emergency services said on Thursday, according to a report published in seattletimes.

A barrier lake was formed on the Yarlung Tsangpo, the head water of India’s Brahmaputra River, following the Wednesday morning collapse of a cliff in the deep valley through which the river flows, the local emergency response bureau said in a report carried by state media.

The landslide struck near a village in Menling County and water in the lake had risen to a height of 40 meters (131 feet) by Thursday, the bureau said.

The situation of rivers along Tuting, Yingkiong and Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh is grim. These places are drying up rapidly due to the blockade of Yarlung Zangbo in China. It will pose big threats to downstream dwellers and will ruin their lives forever.

According to a report by the Tibet Autonomous Region Defense Office, a landslide occurred about 5 km downstream of Jiala Village, Pai Town, Milin County, Linzhi City, blocking the Yarlung Zangbo River from the night of October 16 to the early morning of 17. The landslide was about 80 km from the Nuxia Hydrological Station (Linzhi, Tibet) and 175 km from the Dexing Station (Motuo, Tibet). The water level and flow at the Dexing Station were different. The water level dropped 3.01 meters on Oct. 17 at 14pm from Oct. 16 at 20pm, and the flow rate decreased from 3,430 cubic meters per second to 1,580 cubic meters per second. According to preliminary estimates, at 12:00 on the 17th, the backwater length of the upper reaches of the barrier lake has reached about 15 km, the water level in front of the weir has risen about 40 meters, and the water storage capacity is about 150 million cubic meters.  (as reported jqknews   )

When this news reached to India specially in Arunachal Pradesh, Member of Parliament from Arunahal,  Ninong Ering wrote a letter to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and MoS Water Resources Arun Ram Meghwal and informed them about the unfortunate situation that has developed in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

As per the latest information received from the Ministry of Water Resources of China, landslides have blocked the Milin section of the main stream of Brahmaputra River/ Yarlung Zangbo River (about 80 km downstream from the Yarlung Zangbo River to the Nuxia Hydrological Station for flood reporting in India) from late October 16- Early morning of Oct 17, 2018, which will have an impact on the water situation of the lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River,  stated the Ering’s letter.

The Chinese side is paying close attention to the blockage of the Yarlung Zangbo River. If there is further information, they must notify us in time and the Government must proactively engage with them on this issue, Ering’s latter informed.

Ering requested both the union ministers to intervene in the matter at the earliest and protect the land, water, forest and precious lives of Arunachal Pradesh.

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