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PM assures central support to Assam on Baghjan oil field fire tragedy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday spoke to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and assured him of all possible support from the Centre in the wake of the Baghjan oil field fire tragedy.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted that Modi discussed the situation at Baghjan in a telephonic conversation with Sonowal.

“…PM assured all possible support from the Centre. The situation is being monitored closely,” the PMO tweeted.

A press release from the Chief Minister’s Office in Dispur stated that the intensity of the fire has decreased as compared to June 9. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal informed Modi that evacuation has been carried out and several relief camps have been set up to provide safe shelter to the people in the vicinity.

At least two firefighters of Oil India Limited (OIL) were killed near the oil well blowout site at Baghjan in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Wednesday. Many houses in the adjoining areas were also damaged and several thousand people shifted to safer places and relief camps set up by the OIL.

Natural gas leaking from the well at Baghjan for the past 15 days had fueled the fire, causing enormous damage to the region’s wildlife and wetlands and other biodiversity.

Even as an expert team from a Singapore emergency management firm was trying to plug the leak, the state government had sought the help of Indian Air Force to douse the blaze.

Paramilitary forces, NDRF, OIL and ONGC engineers and other experts are working on a war-footing to douse the fire.


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