Protesters block roads in the capital of South Darfur over fuel crisis in Sudan

The fuel crisis led to a rapid increase in public transportation tariff, which prompted a protest that locked the Nyala-Kass Road on Thursday
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Protestors have blocked the main road between the city and Kass in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, in protest against the ongoing acute fuel shortage on Friday.

Residents told Radio Dabanga the fuel price has soared. They said the price on the market for a commercial barrel of diesel has reached SDG 25,000 per jerrycan at a cost of 2,000 and a gallon of petrol has reached SDG 1,200.

“The fuel crisis led to a rapid increase in public transportation tariff, which prompted a protest that locked the Nyala-Kass Road on Thursday,” they said.

As a result, the state's Petroleum Department released a new decision to supply fuel through a handbook with specific guidelines for distribution.

Sudan is suffering from a persistent fuel shortage, which frequently results in long queues of motorists and rationing at nationwide petrol stations. The shortage has also triggered a drastic increase in transport tariffs and has a significant effect on the logistics network that relies on lorries in the country for a lot of goods traffic. There is also a regular shortage of diesel to power mills, exacerbating a growing shortage of flour and bread.

The Ministry of Energy announced in a statement Monday that two ships loaded with fuel would arrive. The ministry has said every ship carries 40,000 tons of diesel. They are “awaiting to complete some procedures at Port Sudan”.


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