In Pakistan, the practice of using gas packed in plastic bags instead of cylinders for cooking has increased. Gas is sold by filling bags inside the shops connected to the gas pipeline network. People use it in the kitchen with the help of a small electric suction pump.#pkmb pic.twitter.com/e1DpNp20Ku— R Singh...🤸🤸 (@lonewolf_singh) December 31, 2022
Pakistan is currently reeling under an economic crisis and this has ultimately led to a shortage of basic necessities like food, gas, and oil. Apart from that the country is also facing high unemployment and survival has become a task. Now, amid these surging issues, several videos of adopting desperate measures to obtain cooking gas have been doing rounds on social media.
A new viral video features locals in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province using large plastic bags to store LPG as the country’s stock of cooking gas cylinders fell.
A DW.com report suggests that these plastic bags are filled with natural gas at the shops connected to Pakistan’s gas pipeline network. The vendors reportedly use a nozzle and valve to tightly close the bag’s opening in order to prevent leakage. The locals purchased the bags after which they use a tiny electric suction pump to use the gas. The report also claims that it takes approximately an hour to fill three to four kgs of gas in these plastic bags.
The video was shared along with the caption, “In Pakistan, the practice of using gas packed in plastic bags instead of cylinders for cooking has increased. Gas is sold by filling bags inside the shops connected to the gas pipeline network. People use it in the kitchen with the help of a small electric suction pump.”
The viral video clip saw two children carrying large white plastic bags filled with LPG. Incidentally, the major problem with natural gas is that it is easily flammable and a local was determined on using the same method, “There are warnings about these plastic bags causing gas explosions, but, firstly, I haven’t heard about any such mishap” adding, “Even if these fears are true, we [poor people] have no other choice due to expensive cylinders,” a local was quoted as saying to DW.com.
The video has garnered over 3,163 views and several comments.
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