Siang river getting blocked with flowing debris from the landslide in Tibet Credit: EastMojo image

Guwahati: Arunachal East MP Ninong Ering has alleged that landslides in China, which have blocked the Milin section of the Yarlung Tsangpo river (sometimes called Yarlung Zangbo), since the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday will have an impact on the lower reaches of the river in India.

Yarlung Tsangpo becomes phenomenally wider and is called the Siang downstream from Arunachal Pradesh. After reaching Assam, the river is known as Brahmaputra.

In a letter written to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and MoS water resources Arun Ram Meghwal, Ering apprised them of the current situation and said that the Chinese side is closely monitoring the situation. He also asked the Central government to proactively engage with the Chinese authorities over the matter.

According to a report published in Seattle Times, China’s emergency services was quoted as saying that on Thursday around 6,000 people have been evacuated and shifted to safer locations after a massive landslide in Tibet blocked the flow of the region’s main rivers.

The local emergency response bureau, in the report, said that a massive barrier lake was formed on the Yarlung Tsangpo following the collapse of a cliff through which the river flows. The landslide occurred near a village in Menling County in Tibet and water level in the lake has risen to a staggering 40 metres by Thursday.

The current situation of rivers along Yingkiong, Pasighat and Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh is also grim, and are drying up rapidly due to the blockade of Yarlung Tsangpo river in China, Ering further alleged. “It will also pose big threats to downstream dwellers and ruin their lives forever,” he wrote.

The letter addressed to MEA Sushma Swaraj by Arunachal East MP Ninong Ering

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