Flash Flood Alert in Arunachal Pradesh

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An Artificial Lake was created due to landslide in Tibet. This formed a barrier-like structure on the river Yarlung Tsangpo. The breakage of this barrier might cause flash flood in Arunachal Pradesh. 

A cliff collapsed in the valley through which the Yarlung Tsagpo river. Due to which, about 6,000 people were evacuated from Tibet in China after the landslide blocked the river, creating a lake. China’s emergency services reported this on Thursday. The situation is a threat to downstream areas in India. 

Authorities in Arunachal Pradesh issued an alert warning villagers in the East Siang district not to venture near the river. 

The landslide occurred near a village in the Menling county and the water in the lake rose by 130 metres, said reports. No deaths or injuries were reported yet, said disaster management who have been touch with India the authorities in India and keeping them apprised of the situation.

The district magistrate Tamiyo Tatak said one the blockade is cleared, water flow towards might increase drastically causing a flood-like situation. The situation is reminiscent of June 2000 when a sudden release of water caused damage in Arunachal Pradesh and other downstream areas. 

With its towering peaks and glaciers, Tibet is the source of numerous Asian rivers. The fast-rising temperatures have caused the glaciers to melt faster. Due to this, problems like floods and landslides have increased over the years. This again proved that climate change is a ticking time-bomb and we need to defuse it as soon as possible with joint efforts. 

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