In news- Recently, a large number of fish and aquatic life were found dead in Kameng river in Arunachal Pradesh.
- As per the state government, the reason for such happening may be high total dissolved solids (TDS) levels in the river.
- The total dissolved solids (TDS) level of the Kameng river is around 6,800 mg/litre, which is much higher than normal.
- Water of the River has turned black with high levels of turbidity.
- The district authorities suspected mudslide in the upper reaches of the Kameng river to be the cause behind the turbidity.
About the Kameng river-
- It was previously named Bhareli River, now called Kameng in Arunachal Pradesh and Jia Bhoreli in Assam.
- The river originates from a glacial lake below the Gori Chen mountain south of the imaginary McMahon Line dividing India and China.
- It is one of the major tributaries of the Brahmaputra River.
- It forms the boundary between East Kameng District and West Kameng Districts.
- It is also the boundary between the Sessa and Eaglenest sanctuaries to its west and the Pakke tiger reserve to the east.
- The Dafla Hills are east and the Aka Hills (home of Aka tribe) are west of the Kameng River.