Mawlamyine, 16 November
Fuel shortages in most of Mon State’s gas stations make it difficult for people to get to work and run their businesses every day, locals and businessmen told Than Lwin Times.
The fuel shortage started in the first week of November and has worsened since then, forcing customers to queue for long hours at petrol stations.
Fuel shortages worsen as a result of the quota system, regional instability, transportation delays, and increased demand.
An SME entrepreneur told Than Lwin Times, “Because we can no longer buy fuel at all, the factories have stopped temporarily.”
The SMEs may be unable to operate and may be forced to cease operations entirely due to fuel shortages and power cuts.
A taxi driver said, “I have to rush to the station to buy fuel.” In Mon state, 92 and 95 gasoline are in short supply, and diesel fuel is also not available at some gas stations.
A local resident said, “There is no fuel left in the gas stations, so we have to buy a bottle of fuel from roadside shops for 3,000 kyats.”
Amid a shortage of fuel, General Zaw Min Tun, the spokesperson of the military council, said on November 23 that fuel is being sold regularly.
Mon State experienced fuel shortages at least three times during the military coup, with the most recent being the worst.
News-Than Lwin Times