No gas, no medicine, no food: life in Sri Lanka in crisis | Exclusive

Speaking to India Today, Thomos, 69, from Colombo, said citizens were struggling to get petrol, medicine and even food in crisis-stricken Sri Lanka.

Residents line up to buy kerosene in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Photo: AP)

As the the economic crisis in Sri Lanka is spiraling out of control, Thomos, 69, from Colombo, told India Today that petrol is unavailable, medicines are hard to come by and essential food items are sold at extremely high prices in the country.

“At the moment we have no gas, petrol or kerosene. There is no medicine. I am 69 years old but this is the first time in my life that I have seen something like this happen. produce,” said Thomos.

He added: “We are not able to manage. There is no money and salaries. If we have money, there are no goods. When we go to some shops in Colombo they say there is no dal, no rice, no bread. a pound of bread costs 100 Sri Lankan rupees. A cup of tea costs 100 Sri Lankan rupees. The prices of important things have gone up.

In addition, long power cuts in Sri Lanka have affected the country’s communication networks.

ECONOMIC CRISIS IN SRI LANKA

  • With huge debts and dwindling foreign exchange reserves, Sri Lanka found itself unable to pay for its imports, leading to shortages of several commodities, including fuel.
  • Sri Lanka’s economic woes are blamed on successive governments not diversifying their exports and relying on traditional sources of cash like tea, clothing and tourism, and a culture of consuming imported goods .
  • The Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a severe blow to Sri Lanka’s economy, with the government estimating a loss of $14 billion over the past two years.

PROTESTS

  • To protest against the economic crisis, Sri Lankans took to the streets.
  • On Friday, angry demonstrators demonstrated near the home of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and demanded his resignation. The protests turned violent – ​​two army buses were stoned to death and one was set on fire. Police fired tear gas and a water cannon and arrested 54 people.
  • He declared a state of emergency in the island nation on Saturday.

(With agency contributions)

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