Cooking gas shortages force Venezuelans to turn to firewood

Cooking gas shortages force Venezuelans to turn to firewoodBy Maria Ramirez and Deisy Buitrago PUERTO ORDAZ/CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuelan homemaker Carmen Rondon lives in the country with the world’s largest oil reserves, but has spent weeks cooking with firewood due to a chronic shortage of home cooking gas – leaving her hoarse from breathing smoke. Finding domestic gas cylinders has become increasingly difficult, a problem that oil industry analysts attribute to slumping oil output in the OPEC nation – which is struggling under an unraveling socialist economy. State oil company PDVSA says the problem is due to difficulties in distributing tanks amid four months of anti-government protests in which its trucks have been attacked.



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