In the wake of the devastating super typhoon that hit the Philippines last week, damage to key energy infrastructure has led to disruptions in fuel supplies, even as the country’s two refineries were left unscathed, an industry source said Wednesday.
While poor weather and damaged pipelines and roads have made it difficult to transport fuel, the country's two refineries are still operating normally.
“[As] many of the affected regions are island provinces, there are problems getting fuel to those areas because of damage to roads, pipelines and transport links. But the product [supply] is there," the source said.
The powerful typhoon named Yolanda was three times more powerful than Hurricane Katrina, and it left many service stations dry. These shortages have also been exacerbated by looting.
An estimated 6.9 million people in 41 provinces were affected by the typhoon, which has taken the lives of almost 2,500 people, and that number is expected to rise.