New Delhi: In an unfortunate incident, a massive fire broke out at a natural-gas producing well of Oil India Limited (OIL) in Assam on Tuesday. Also Read - Phase-3 Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine Begins in China

The incident took place at the oil well in Tinsukia district of Assam where the gas was leaking for the last 14 days. As per updates, the fire that broke out this afternoon may spread to other nearby areas. Also Read - Spanish Antibody Study Shows no Herd Immunity to COVID-19

On May 27, there was a major blowout in the oil well at Baghjan Tinsukia, about 500 kilometres from Guwahati. It has caused major damage to the region’s wetlands and biodiversity. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Death: Here’s a Look at Controversies That Shook Industry After he Committed Suicide

Looking at the dangerous effect of the gas leakage, over 6,000 people living in the nearby areas of the natural gas producing well have been evacuated and placed in make-shift camps. Moreover, the Oil India Limited has also announced financial relief of Rs 30,000 to each to the affected families.

For the rescue operation, the NDRF has also deployed its teams in the area from the time of the gas leak.

In the wake of the incident of fire, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal dialled Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan and apprised him of the matter.

As the gas is uncontrollably flowing out of the natural gas producing well of Oil India Ltd (OIL) in Assam after a blowout eight days ago, the public sector undertaking said an expert agency is monitoring the environmental impact of the leak.

Pumping of water to the well through the casing valve is in progress to minimise chances of fire, a press release issued by the PSU major said.

The company has called a Singapore-based firm which is expected to reach the site shortly, it said. Building of an approach road is in progress at the well site.

A National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET) accredited consultant, engaged by the company to carry out environment impact assessment study, has started work at the site, the release said.