Mon State facing severe fuel shortages

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Mawlamyine, 14 November

Most gas stations in Mon State have struggled with severe fuel shortages, while some are running out of fuel, suppliers told Than Lwin Times.

Following November 10, Yangon and other cities, including Mon State, have seen fuel shortages.

Rises in travel, transportation challenges, and power outages have forced factories to rely on large

generators, increasing fuel demand.

“The lengthy inspection time at Nyaungkharshae checkpoint and the sale of fuel oil with a quota system are part of the reason for the fuel shortages,” said a fuel supplier.

Many townships, including Mon State’s capital of Mawlamyine, are grappling with severe oil shortages, and some are unable to purchase fuel oil at all.

A taxi driver stated that he had to rush to buy gasoline rather than grab the passengers, which cost him time and money.

Most gas stations in the state are out of 92 and 95 gasoline, and some are no longer selling premium diesel.

The military council’s spokesman, General Zaw Min Tun, stated in a propaganda newspaper on November 13 that, while the quota system is under scrutiny, fuel oil is being distributed as usual.

According to him, the country has more than 13 million gallons of commonly used 92 diesel on hand, as well as more than 30 million gallons of diesel, and 15 more tankers are expected to arrive.

The military council asserted that it keeps a month’s reserve of any type of fuel in the country, but in reality, it is difficult to buy fuel.

Fuel prices have quadrupled since the 2021 February coup, with frequent price instability and shortages.

News – Than Lwin Times

Photo- TLT

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