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July 6, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Assam hit by floods

In the Naharkatiya area, crude production stopped in at least five areas as the Brahmaputra and the Buridihing submerged oil fields.

By: Editorial |
July 6, 2021 3:24:51 am
Oil India has been losing 1,000 kilolitres of oil everyday because of suspension of drilling and pumping operations in the oil fields of Assam.

Floods in eastern India engulfing the entire Assam plains and large parts of Tripura and North Bengal took in their devastating sweep many new areas posing problems to a large section of the population. Apart from destroying vast stretches of crops, the floods have brought oil production to a halt. Oil India was forced to suspend drilling in Duliajan. In the Naharkatiya area, crude production stopped in at least five areas as the Brahmaputra and the Buridihing submerged oil fields. Oil India has been losing 1,000 kilolitres of oil everyday because of suspension of drilling and pumping operations in the oil fields of Assam.

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