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Cooking gas crisis spreading in Sudan

January 8 - 2015 KHARTOUM / EL GEZIRA
Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders sold in Nyala, South Darfur (Albert González FarranUnamid)
Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders sold in Nyala, South Darfur (Albert González FarranUnamid)

The severe shortage of cooking gas, witnessed in Khartoum since weeks, has spread to other towns, in particular in El Gezira state.

The price of an LPG cylinder has risen to SDG100 ($17.50), causing many people in Sudan’s capital, Wad Madani, Hasaheisa, and Kosti in El Gezira, to resort to charcoal instead.

Owners of bakeries in Khartoum said that they may have to close their doors soon because of the skyrocketing price of the gas.

In December, the Minister of Oil announced a gap in petroleum products, estimated at about 2,700,000 metric tons.


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