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VOA常速英语新闻:天然气供应短缺严重阻碍巴基斯坦经济发展(双语)

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在星期三的伊斯兰堡加油站就是这样一种情形。人们正在进行储备,因为周四,周五和周六,加油站就会关闭。
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At Islamabad gas stations, this is what it looks like on Wednesdays.
在星期三的伊斯兰堡加油站就是这样一种情形。

People are stocking up, because on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, stations close and there is no gas.
人们正在进行储备,因为周四,周五和周六,加油站就会关闭。

In recent years, when gasoline prices rose, millions of drivers converted their cars to run on Compressed Natural Gas, or CNG.
近年来,当汽油价格上涨,数以百万计的司机们开始将自己的爱车使用CNG,即压缩天然气。

But now that's in short supply .
但是现在的供不应求。

Law lecturer Syed Shabat Ali says the problem is getting worse.
法律讲师萨伊德·萨巴特·阿里表示这个问题越来越严重。

"This is affecting the lives of people very badly.
“这严重影响到了人们的生活。

For example, I come on the days when CNG is available and I get in the queue and then I have to wait two or three hours.
例如,我来的时候压缩天然气正在供应,我排队购买,之后我要等两三个小时。

I am sorry to say it is also disturbing the psyche of the people," he said.
很遗憾,我想这也令人们心感不安。”他说道。

"People are losing confidence in our governments, because government is taking no interest towards a very serious problem that people are facing.
“人们正在对我们的政府失去信心,因为政府对人们正面临着的非常严重问题根本没有兴趣。

Government officials say they are trying to ease the energy shortages and are considering gas imports from neighboring Iran and more hydropower dams for electricity.
政府官员称正试图缓解能源短缺问题而且正在考虑从邻国伊朗进口天然气及更多的大坝蓄水发电。

The pledges do not mean much to women like Rukhshanda Abdul Rehman.
而这些承诺对于像拉克姗达·阿卜杜勒·拉赫曼这样的女人而言并不意味着很多。

"The gas stops at 5:30 in the morning.
“在早上5点半供气停止。

We keep checking for gas at night in order to cook.
而晚上为了做饭我们继续寻找燃气。

All day long we use cold water, and everyone knows how cold it is in Islamabad," she noted.
一整天我们都使用冷水,而每个在伊斯兰堡的人都知道这里是多么冷,”她指出。

"Our government and policy makers are not aware of what they should provide to the people.
“我们的政府和政策制定者们并不知道他们应该给人们提供什么。

In summers we can't sleep because of the lack of electricity, and in winter we get sick because there is no gas.
在夏天由于缺乏电力我们睡不着觉,在冬天因为没有气体我们因此患病。”

Struggles like Rehman's are repeated millions of times across the country, and these daily frustrations are symptoms of the bigger drag on Pakistan’s struggling economy.
全国几百万人都重复着像拉赫曼的这样的窘境,而这些日常境况是巴基斯坦经济面临窘境的真实写照。

Lawmakers were unavailable to discuss how they are planning to fix the problem, one the Petroleum Institute of Pakistan calls a crisis that is slowing down the country’s social and economic development.
议员没有讨论如何计划解决这一问题,一家巴基斯坦的石油机构称这场所谓的危机延缓了国家的社会及经济发展。

词语解释

1.gasoline n.汽油

The car is short of gasoline.
汽车的汽油不够了。

2.supply n.供应;补给;贮备

They wrote off for a fresh supply of penicillin.
他们发信要求再供应一批青霉素。

3.psyche n.精神;心灵;灵魂

It was a false alarm at the psych ward.
在精神病房的是个错误警报。

4.shortage n.不足;缺少

The war was lost because of a shortage of munitions.
战争因军火不足而失败。

5.pledge v.发誓;保证

They pledged never to tell the secret.
他们发誓决不泄密。

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