The collapsed bridge Credit: EastMojo Image

Doom Dooma/Guwahati: A crucial RCC bridge leading to Baghjan from Doom Dooma has collapsed due to the incessant rains since Tuesday, which may affect the ongoing efforts to douse the oil gas well fire at Baghajan in Assam’s Tinsukia district.

The incident took place on Wednesday and deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Tinsukia, Bitual Chetia, and his vehicle had a miraculous escape as the incident took place just in front of the police officer.

When the one end of the bridge started collapsing and cracks on the RCC bridge were clearly visible, the driver of his official vehicle, which was parked just on the middle of the bridge, managed to shift it to a safe location seconds ahead of the accident.

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The collapse bridge
Damaged portion of the bridge
This may affect the ongoing efforts to douse the oil gas well fire at Baghajan in Tinsukia district

Meanwhile, talking to the media, Bitul Chetia, DSP, Tinsukia said that the incident might have an adverse impact on the efforts to control Oil India Limited (OIL) gas well fire at Baghjan.

“Just in front of our eyes we could see one of the ends of the RCC bridge collapsed. Somehow, my driver managed to park the vehicle to a safer location as it was parked on the middle of the bridge initially. Because of this, efforts to douse fire at the OIL gas well at Baghjan will be adversely affected,” he said.

Meanwhile, due to the incessant rains for last two days, flood waters have created havoc in the area. Standing crops, agricultural land etc., have already been submerged in water. Fisheries have already been destroyed due to the flood in the district.

“We have never seen such types of destructions in our locality earlier. I have lost standing crops in over 10 bighas of land, including two fisheries. It’s a major loss for me,” one of the villagers said.

Meanwhile, the flood situation in the State worsened with five upper Assam districts bearing the brunt of the second wave that has claimed one more life in Sivasagar. With this a total of 14 persons have died in the flood this year, including three in the second wave. Significantly, all three fatalities in the second wave of flood have been reported from Sivasagar district.

In the past 24 hours, the flood has affected a huge population and more than 5,000 hectares of crop lands in the districts of Dhemaji, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar and Dibrugarh, the daily report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority stated.

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Brahmaputra river has been flowing above the danger level in Jorhat and Dhubri districts. Its tributaries Dikhow and Disang in Sivasagar district, Dhansiri in Golaghat district and Jia Bharali in Sonitpur district are also flowing above the danger level.

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