15 June, 2021

Assam Calls In More Foreign Experts To Contain Flaming Oilhead

More than 7,000 displaced, fire in the oil well in Assam will take weeks to control

Assam Calls In More Foreign Experts To Contain Flaming Oilhead

Sixteen-year-old Moromi has been staying at the Guijan High School in upper Assam’s Tinsukia district for the last one week, forced to leave her home along with her family-­members and hundreds of her neighbours after an gas well caught fire in her village, Baghjan, on June 9.

The fire, which initially spread over several hundred metres around the site, has gutted several houses, trees and standing crops, forcing authorities to evacuate the villagers to the shelter at the school. The fire, though contained in the the oil well, continues to rage. Oil India Limited authorities say that it would take at least four weeks to douse the fire and control the leakage.

Moromi is still numb after witnessing the conflagration engulf the area. “Seeing such a huge fire, the village was in shock. Panic-stricken, we rushed for safer places. I have never been in such a situation,” she tells Outlook over the phone.  “Our house is safe but we lost two goats,” adds Moromi, whose father is a fisherman. Her immediate concern now  is...

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