Arunachal Pradesh and Assam could witness flooding. The river the northeastern states share with China is swelling following heavy rainfall.
The Brahmaputra river flows through China, India and Bangladesh. It originates in Tibet with the Tsangpo river and enters India via the Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh with the Siang River. The Siang then joins with Dibang and Lohit rivers at the head of the Assam Valley.
Heavy rains in the border region mean that the river’s discharge (the volume of water which flows through its channel) is now at its highest point in fifty years, according to The Asian Age. The river is reportedly flowing at a rate of 9,020 cubic metres per second.
This puts those living in the lowlands of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam at risk of flooding, with residents advised to move to higher ground as a precautionary measure. No fatalities have been reported yet due to flooding. However, the Indian Air Force performed an air evacuation of around thirty people who were stranded by rising water levels on an island in the East Siang district.
Administrators have said there is no cause for alarm. However, there is reportedly flood damage to homes in the Mebo tehsil (division) of Arunachal Pradesh, affecting more than 1,000 families according to a local legislator. While there is no indication that this situation will become the catastrophe witnessed in Kerala, the situation does serve to highlight the dangers faced by those who live on the waterfront in India.
In the meantime, a red alert has been issued. Residents are being cautioned to refrain from fishing or swimming in the river. Those living in the river’s catchment are being encouraged to remain alert and vigilant. With the river’s discharge anticipated to rise further, this advice may prove salient.