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Reduced opening hours gas station in Ramadan causes surge in transportation cost

June 19 - 2015 EL GENEINA
Fuel station closed for most of the day during Ramadan (file photo)
Fuel station closed for most of the day during Ramadan (file photo)

Sharply rising sugar, oil and meat prices have hit celebrations for the holy month of Ramadan in the various states of Darfur. In some areas even the cost of public transportation has tripled.

The prices are varying per state, but according to Dabanga reporters, some food prices went up with 20% to 40%. In El Geneina a bag of sugar has gone up to 370 SDG ($61.40), while in Nyala customers pay 340 SDG ($56.40).  

Vehicle owners in West Darfur state are witnessing an acute fuel crisis, where the price of a gallon of gasoline in the black market has surged to 75 SDG ($12.43) and diesoline to 50 SDG ($8.30) a gallon.

One of the truck owners told Radio Dabanga that the authorities and station owners have allowed only two hours per day for opening the petrol stations. The cars have to line up before 8 a.m. in order to get fuel before the stations close at 10 a.m. As a result, the fare for local public transportation has tripled from 1 to 3 SDG ($0.17-0.50). 


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