Massive fire erupts in Assam as oil well at Baghjan Tinsukia had blowout on May 27 and since then it was leaking gas. The gas leak was taking place for the last 14 days. The fire is suspected to reach several areas and thus Assam government has asked airforce and army to doze off the fire. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also spoke to Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan after the fire started. So far, the NDRF has been deployed in the area and top officials are also seeking information for the same.
The oil well at Baghjan Tinsukia is about 500 kilometers from Guwahati which had a blowout on May 27 and has been causing grave damages to nearby wetlands and biodiversity through a gas leak. At least 6,000 people living in a 1.5-km radius of the natural gas producing well have been evacuated and placed in relief camps. Oil India Limited has also announced financial relief of Rs 30,000 to each to the affected families.
Nearby paddy fields, wetlands, and ponds in the adjoining areas have already been contaminated and the threat is increasing day by day. Some small tea growers in the area have also complained about layers of gas condensates in their tea gardens. Therefore, the situation is getting worse by each and every day and the army has been called to take care of the situation.
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