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Southern Sudan Faces Food, Fuel Shortages, Fewsnet Reports

June 01, 2011

June 1 (Bloomberg) -- Southern Sudan faces food and fuel shortages as uncertainty over its scheduled independence in July has cut the volume of food and non-food supplies by as much as 40 percent, the Famine Early Warning Network said.

Fuel supplies have also been slashed, while the price of refined gasoline rose by as much as 70 percent in parts of Southern Sudan during May, Fewsnet, which is backed by the U.S. Agency for International Development, said yesterday on its website.

Trade flows between the north and south have been hindered by insecurity caused by militia rebellions, especially in Unity state, according to Fewsnet.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Latham in Durban, South Africa at blatham@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Karl Maier at kmaier2@bloomberg.net


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