As 2020 is going as a one of the most worse year in the decades. One more disasters occured in Assam. A damage gas well of Oil India Ltd. at Baghjan in Tinsukia district, Assam is on fire since Yesterday.
On 27th May, a producing oil well at Baghjan of Oil India Limited in Tinsukia, Assam become very active while workover operations lead to uncontrolled release of natural gas.
Since then all possible efforts had been taken by OIL to control the situation but unfortunately they didn’t made much progress.
The blast occurred at a time when the experts and engineers of Oil India Limited were engaged in controlling the gas and oil emission.
A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), a team of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and fire engines is present at the spot.
The Baghjan fire is so big that it is visible from Jonai, the sky is illuminated with red in night, local residents reported. Jonai is on the other side of Brahmaputra and is about 80 aerial km away.
Over 2,000 people living around the Baghjan oil field in Assam have been moved to relief camps, as reported by WIRE.
While, Oil India says experts working to put out the fire and blowout at its Baghjan facility in Assam are confident that the oil well can be capped safely, but it may take as long as 4 weeks to control the situation.
“While the clearing operations were on at the well site, the well caught fire.There is no casualty reported. Fire tenders are at the site controlling the spread of fire. There are violent protests around the well site. Once the situation is normal, the experts will move to the site,” OIL said in a statement.
Netizens of Assam shown their angry reaction in twitter after mainstream media didn’t cover the story as much they covered Amazon or Australian forest fire.
A user Chayanika Barman wrote, “Assam is the first state to produce oil in India but when there is a huge gas leakage n fire engulfing everything on here in this oil state no national media is paying attention to us, this is not even a news of importance to them. Sad!!
Hemarchana (Megha) tweeted, “You all prayed for Amazon and Australia but why not for Assam? Assam is burning, my district is Burning, #BaghjanOilField is burning. Flora and fauna of Assam is in threat. Save assam. #BaghjanGasLeak #BaghjanFire #Baghjan . Pray for Assam’s Tinsukia district.”
Another user Bichchuran Changmai tweeted, “#AssamGasLeak turned into inferno.
Dibru Saikhowa national park,Maguri wetland,#Baghjan village are already affected.
Number of fish,dolphins,birds & animals are already dead in the area.
Ecosystem is collapsing!
Do you hear them @sarbanandsonwal
Assam Chief Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonwal talked with Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah over phone and apprised him about the fire at the Baghjan oilfield in Tinsukia.
— Chief Minister Assam (@CMOfficeAssam) June 9, 2020
Yesterday in a series of tweets Assam Chief Minister said, “The CM has already directed to deploy fire & emergency services, army and police officials at the site to control the situation. The CM also directed district admin to ensure the safety of people and appealed to local people to not panic,”