Strikes on the Iranian oil fields have cut production to sixty per cent of normal and the effects are being felt in a number of countries including India.
GV Heavy lorries in streets of New Delhi
TV Queue of trucks and lorries at petrol station
CU Petrol pump and attendant filling tank (2 shots)
GV Lorries queueing
LV PAN & CU People queueing to collect kerosene and have their ration cards inspected (2 shots)
CU Lady argues with policeman
CU Man receiving kerosene
LV & CU Large group of people in Uttar Pradesh collecting kerosene and having ration cards marked by local official (2 shots)
LV & CU Tractors in line for diesel pumps with one man asleep on top of his tractor (2 shots)
SV PAN Tractor working in fields and sowing seeds
CU & LV Bullock team to be sued to sow seed
Iran is second only to Saudi Arabia as an oil producer. Reuters reported (5 December) that daily production was down from a daily average of six million barrels to three million, eight hundred thousand barrels. The strikers in the Ahyaz and Maroun fields int he south-west of Iran are not expected to return to work until next Tuesday (12 December).
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Background: Strikes on the Iranian oil fields have cut production to sixty per cent of normal and the effects are being felt in a number of countries including India. India imports fifty per cent of her oil products and a sizeable percentage of that comes from Iran.
SYNOPSIS: New Delhi, the streets are crowded with heavy lorries...most public and goods transport in India is by road...the trucks and buses are finding diesel in short supply. There's long queues at petrol stations. The Iranian crisis has caused disruption to supplies of all oil products but diesel has been especially hard hit.
In the countryside of Uttar Pradesh people wait in long queues to get their kerosene supplies. The kerosene shortage hits the poor worst of all.
Frayed tempers are common. Kerosene is vital to these village people for lighting their homes and stoves. And rationing is resented. The shortage of kerosene is being worsened by people heavily stocking up to see them through the crisis.
Farmers who need diesel for their tractors form long queues in the Haryana and Punjab regions, but some farmers are taking it easy while they wait.
However not all farmers can wait for fuel for their tractors and other farm engines, late sowing of their crops would crop even more problems. And so it's back to that old but effective form of agriculture, bullock power.