Friday, July 1, 2022

Amid fuel crisis in island nation, former Sri Lanka batsman serves tea and bun

The economic crisis has prompted severe shortages of essential items like food, medicine, cooking gas and other fuels, toilet paper and even matches, with Sri Lankans outside shops to buy fuel and cooking gas for months. Forced to wait for hours.

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Roshan Mahanama shared pictures of serving tea and buns to people waiting in long queues at petrol stations around Ward Place and Wijerama Mawatha.

“We served tea and buns to the people in petrol queues around Ward Place and Vijerama Mawtha this evening along with the community food share team. The queues are getting longer by the day and there will be many health risks for the people living in the queues,” Mahanama wrote on Twitter.

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“Please, take care of each other in the fuel line. Bring enough fluids and food and if you are not well, please reach out to the person closest to you and ask for help or call 1990. We need to take care of each other during this difficult time. ,

Sri Lanka is going through the worst economic crisis since independence from Britain in 1948.

The island has been facing long lines for refueling since mid-February, with diesel supplies for thermal power generation coming under pressure.

India has helped Sri Lanka with thousands of tonnes of diesel and petrol, in addition to food and medical supplies, to help ease the acute fuel shortage in the debt-ridden island nation.

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Running out of fuel and struggling to contain a deepening economic crisis, Sri Lanka on Friday ordered government employees to work from home to ease congestion on public transport.

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The lack of foreign cash reserves for essential imports has worsened Sri Lanka’s crisis, which has been attributed to mismanagement by members of the powerful ruling Rajapaksa family. Among his disastrous policies were tax cuts that had already eroded revenues from declining tourism income due to the pandemic, and a ban on chemical fertilizers to promote organic farming, which devastated farmers.

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