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Sri Lanka's economic activity grinds to a halt as fuel supplies run dry

Amidst fuel crisis in Sri Lanka, the government declared Friday a holiday for public offices and schools to curtail vehicular movement, leaving many roads in and around the capital Colombo deserted

People wait to buy kerosene oil at a gas station in Kandy, Sri Lanka on June 13. (Photo: Bloomberg)
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People wait to buy kerosene oil at a gas station in Kandy, Sri Lanka on June 13. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Anusha Ondaatjie | Bloomberg
Sri Lanka’s economic activity is coming to a near standstill as the island nation, facing its worst financial crisis, runs out of fuel for transport and there’s little signs of fresh supplies coming in.
 
The government declared Friday a holiday for public offices and schools to curtail vehicular movement, leaving many roads in and around the capital Colombo deserted. Meanwhile, thousands of vehicles are lined up in queues stretching for kilometers as drivers wait for filling stations to be replenished.

The Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera said on Thursday that the state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corp hadn’t received tenders

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First Published: Jun 17 2022 | 11:45 AM IST

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