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Economic turmoil in Sri Lanka is small preview of a global default crisis

In Sri Lanka, pharmacies are running out of medicine; and hospitals are dangerously short of lifesaving drugs and devices

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Police use water cannon to disperse protesters near the President’s House, in Colombo.

Ruth Pollard | Bloomberg
High school teacher S. Jeeva has spent two days in the baking sun lining up for cooking gas in the north of Sri Lanka’s capital. He’s been standing with thousands of others waiting for a delivery that, so far, hasn’t come. Meanwhile, many of his students, who will sit for important national exams Monday, have joined protests against the government at the waterfront along Colombo’s iconic Galle Face Green. 

Both are symbols of the economic and political crisis gripping the nation — the result of decades of corruption and financial mismanagement that pushed the country to default on May 19.

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First Published: May 23 2022 | 9:06 AM IST

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