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2 Firefighters Dead in Assam oil blaze. CM Sarbananda Sonowal told PM Narendra Modi it would take a few more days for the blowout to be fully controlled.

11.6.20

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Bodopress: 11 June 2020 (Jebilion)

Guwahati, Two firefighters of Oil India Ltd who had been missing were found dead at a wetland near the site of a massive oil well fire in Assam, officials said today. The oil well in upper Assam's Tinsukia district that has been leaking gas for 14 days caught fire on Tuesday. The fire was so intense that it could be seen from as far as 10 km away. A former national level football player was among the two killed firefighter. The fire triggered a mass exodus from villages in the vicinity even as CM Sarbananda Sonowal told PM Narendra Modi it would take a few more days for the blowout to be fully controlled. 
Durlav Gogoi (35), a goalkeeper who had represented Assam in junior national tournaments and later played for Oil India Ltd’s senior team, and his colleague Tikheswar Gohain (55) had been reported missing since Tuesday afternoon, when the Baghjan oil well erupted in flames after continuously clouds of gas for two weeks, report Prabin Kalita, Rajib Dutta & Rokibuz Zaman.

"Their bodies were recovered from a wetland near the site. Prima facie it looks that they jumped in the water and got drowned as there is no mark of burn injury. The exact cause will be ascertained only after a post mortem," Oil India spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika told news agency Press Trust of India.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been deployed in the area since the time of the gas leak and top officials of Assam are also reviewing the situation.


The oil well at Baghjan Tinsukia, 500 km from main city Guwahati, had a blowout on May 27 and has been leaking gas since, causing damage to the region's wetlands and biodiversity.

Images shared by residents on social media show gas condensate depositing at Maguri Beel wetland, carcasses of endangered the Gangetic Dolphins, and other aquatic life floating in the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, barely 3 km from the oil field.

Some 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 has announced financial relief of Rs 30,000 to every affected family.







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