San Latt / May 01, 2021
Gasoline prices are recently up more than double of its original price in Burma’s Jade mine of Hpakant town in Kachin State due to the blockage imposed by the military authorities.
Fuel tankers are not allowed to enter to Hpakant since last Thursday by the military authorities loyal to State Administration Council (SAC), according to the town’s residents. The current gasoline price is more than 10,000 kyat (US $6.42) per gallon from the regular price of 4,200 kyat (US $2.70).
“Burma Army blocked the fuel shipment entering Hpakant,”Seng Hkawng Naw told The Kachin Post. Many Hpakant residents queued for gasoline at the gas stations and some gas station stop selling gasoline.
Hpakant residents struggle to commute in town and nearby jade mines because of the shortage of gasoline, Seng Hkawng said. They also worried that all other commodities prices would go up due to the increased of the gas prices.
Burma Army reportedly sending more troops to the Hpakant area where the battle has been took place over a month with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). Burma Army lost its outpost and police stations in nearby Hpakant since last March.