Laos is experiencing a shortage of gasoline, particularly diesel fuel, due to the country’s reliance on neighboring countries for fuel supplies and a lack of adequate reserves. Gas stations are running out of diesel, causing long lines and prompting vehicles to refuel elsewhere. The Lao government has raised fuel prices four times in January alone, despite falling prices globally. The shortage is attributed to the temporary closure of oil refineries in neighboring countries and a shortage of foreign currency. The government is working to address the issue and expects production to resume by the end of the month.