Arunachal: Tsangpo River swells, water in Siang rising

Tsangpo river swelling in China due to heavy rain, Siang in India showing rising trend, 

Pasighat / Itanagar


Following heavy rain across the border, the East Siang District Administration has cautioned the public to refrain from venturing into Siang River for Fishing, swimming and other activities to avoid any eventualities.

In a message, the East Siang District Administration said that as per report received from Chinese Government relayed to India, due to heavy rainfall in Chinese portion, the Tsangpo River is swelling with observed discharge of 9020 cumecon Wednesday at 8 AM at various locations.

The Central Water Commission (CWC), reported that the discharge of Tsangpo on August 14 was 8070 cumec. The incremental discharge should not inflict severe damages and as such should not panic, the administration said.

Further, people living in low lying areas on right bank and left bank Siang River including Jarku, Paglek, SS Mission, Jarkong, Banskota, Berung, Sigar, Borguli, Seram, Kongkul, Namsing, Mer have been advised to remain alert.

The administration had issued a similiar advisory on Aug 20. It said that citizens should remain alert but there is no reason to panic.


WATER LEVEL UPDATE AS ON 30.8.2018 at 11am:

Place Present level Danger level Trend
Pasighat 153.23M  153.96M Rising
Tezu 188.57M 190.33M Rising
Namsai 138.53M 143.68M Rising
Dibrugarh 105.27Mtrs 105.70M. Rising
Dholla 125.36M 128.27M Falling
Margherita 133.35M 134.42M Rising
Naharkatia 116.11M 120.40M Falling
Khowang 99.84M 102.11M Rising
Meao 239.12M 239.74M Rising

The unusual waves in the Siang River have caused massive erosion in Borguli and Serum areas of Mebo subdivision under East Siang district recently.

The villagers informed that surging water of the Siang River submerges cultivation sites at Namsing and Mer-Gadum areas in Lower Mebo every year.

“The constant erosion and recurring flood by the rivers is adversely affecting the rural economy of the area but the government has not initiated effective measure to mitigate the situation”, they alleged.

as per the information at least 10 families of Serum village have already been shifted to a safer location due to erosion.

The Brahamputra valley has also been on alert that this spate in the river Sing may trigger a fresh wave of flood in downstream Assam in the next week.


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