DIBRUGARH: The gas well blowout at Baghjan, in
’s Tinsukia district, has become a major humanitarian crisis as over 11,000 people have been displaced from the area. Staying in relief camps since the incident, all of them want to go back home as soon as possible. “We have survived floods and erosion for years but have never seen such a man-made disaster,”
, a mother of two kids who have been staying at a relief camp since May 28, said. “After the gas well exploded, we fled. We could carry only a few clothes. Everything was left behind. We are farmers. We are worried about our future as the oil spill has damaged our
,” she added.
Ranjan Gohain, a resident of Rangagora Natun Gaon, said, “The 500-odd families of our village fled. The people were dependent on crop farming, animal rearing, poultry farming and fish farming. Most of the farms have been damaged by the oil spill. People are worried.” District officials said on Wednesday the blowout triggered an exodus of 2,000 families, or approximately 11,020 individuals, from the area. While 1,510 displaced families (8,540 people) have taken shelter in relief camps, another 450 families (2,480 people) have been shifted to other places, including homes of relatives and acquaintances. The well blowout has also affected 3,160 farmers. According to official data, 1,210 hectares of agricultural crop area and 470 hectares of small tea gardens were affected.