Bodies of OIL fire-fighters recovered near Baghjan oil well

Bodies of OIL fire-fighters recovered near Baghjan oil well

Agency News

Guwahati, Jun 10 : Two bodies, suspected to be of Oil India Ltd (OIL) firefighters, have been recovered near an OIL well at Baghjan in Tinsukia district of Assam today, which had been on fire since yesterday. Local reports said the bodies were recovered in a water-body near the oil well, which had been on fire since yesterday after leakage of gas had started from the well on May 27. The bodies were recovered by NDRF personnel and are suspected to be of two OIL fire-fighters who had been missing since yesterday. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal updated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the status of the fire in the OIL well.

The prime minister has assured all assistance to the people affected by the incident. Sonowal had spoken to Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Dharmendra Pradhan yesterday. Meanwhile, the fire in the well continued to burn for the second day, with efforts to douse it not yielding results. The massive fire that had started yesterday afternoon has engulfed a vast nearby area, completely devouring houses, agricultural land, grazing groups and flora and fauna.

Leakage of gas had been continuously occurring from the Baghjan OIL well since May 27 and experts from Singapore had been brought to plug it. But the well caught fire yesterday before the foreign experts could start their work. People in the adjoining areas had been evacuated since the beginning of the leakage. (UNI)