Assam river on fire since 2 days


A huge fire broke out in Burhi Dihing river in Assam after a crude oil pipeline in the area exploded. The river is on fire since 2 days.


With a hellish red hue and huge plumes of smoke, the small rivulet of the Burhi Dihing River in Dibrugarh district’s Naharkatia town, erupted in flames on Saturday.


Oil India authorities said that the leakage took place because of a “rare instrumentation error” in the central tank pump where the crude oil from all Oil India fields in upper Assam region is collected.


Oil India claim that the fire is under control and a team of experts are at the location to douse it. The fire may have been lit by people after the crude oil leaked into the river, they alleged.


There are no reports of any injuries or casualties, officials said. But the incident has stoked fears of serious damage to the local ecology.