Cuba’s communist President Miguel Diaz-Canel warned residents of future energy cutbacks and potential blackouts this week; saying the government is experiencing a critical shortage of diesel fuel.
“There may be problems with the distribution of products that depend on diesel-fueled transport, in public transport and in energy generation, which we’re trying to take measures to avoid,” he said on state-controlled television.
Residents were left in the dark after the government reduced bus schedules and other forms of transportation to accommodate the lack of fuel.
“I understand that there is concern but we are not in a special period,” added the president, a term used to describe the country’s horrific economic crisis after the collapse of the USSR -it’s largest benefactor at the time.
“Although details of the measures were not specified, the president and the minister of economy, Alejandro Gil, said there would be a series of noticeable cutbacks in coming days. They said some state-run industries would cease production, and even called for greater use of animal-powered transportation,” reports the Associated Press.
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