Army personnel serve food to affected people. Image credit - Northeast Now

Troops of Indian Army joined hands with the civil administration and police of Tinsukia district in evacuating approximately 7,000 locals affected by the massive fire at Baghjan.

“Displaced population in the relief camps were provided with food and basic amenities by unit of Indian Army stationed in Upper Assam,” said Guwahati-based defence PRO
Lt Col P. Khongsai.

Khongsai said the Indian Army unit assisted the police in maintaining law and order, and facilitating the re-location of the dispersed villagers.

The fire in OIL’s Baghjan oil well has severely affected the source of livelihood of the local population.

Several villagers have sustained injuries, lost their farms and livestock in the fire.

The incident has also affected the locals both physically and psychologically.

“A team of medical officers including a lady medical officer, nursing and administrative staff from Army have been pressed into action to further enhance the capacities of local administration in providing medical aid to the villagers,” the defence PRO said.

Army medical team during a check-up of the affected people. Image credit – Northeast Now
Army medical team during a check-up of the affected people. Image credit – Northeast Now

A total of 300 evacuated people were provided medical treatment on June 13, Khongsai informed.

The medical team will continue to provide assistance to needy by visiting ten relief camps established by the civil administration.

“The villagers and the district administration appreciated the efforts of Indian Army. They also expressed their deep gratitude to the Army medical team for organising the medical camp in the hours of need,” the defence PRO further said.

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