• Short Summary

    The shortage of fuel in the Khmer Republic has more than halved the number of vehicles on Phnom Penh streets.

  • Description

    The shortage of fuel in the Khmer Republic has more than halved the number of vehicles on Phnom Penh streets. Stocks have been dwindling since the Communists began attacking the Mekong River supply line.

    The capital's population of 11/2 million depends on the river for all it's fuel and much of the military equipment and free rice sent in under the United States aid programme. The river convoys have been losing more than one ship in 10 on every run since mid-March.

    The government has imposed a ben on the sale of fuel to private users to conserve the dwindling stocks. Military, government and diplomatic vehicles are receiving rations and Phnom Penh's fleet of taxi-buses are allowed about 21/2 gallons each time they can reach a station that's open.

    Only four or five stations can sell each day and each station is given a turn. A number of private vehicles are still on the roads. These are mostly running on fuel bought on the black market for about six times the official rate.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8J5TAO0MBU2695JWN0FB9J7Z7
    Media URN:
    VLVA8J5TAO0MBU2695JWN0FB9J7Z7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/05/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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