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Sri Lanka faces starvation as situation turns from bad to worse

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Sri Lanka is passing through its worst economic upheaval since independence in 1948. The shortage of fuel supplies and long power cuts have exhausted the 22 million islanders.

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Sky-touching inflation and a lack of essential items in the market have forced people to come out of their houses and march against the President of the country.

Hardship for citizens

Citizens of the country have been facing enormous hardship. At least two senior citizens died while waiting in long queues to buy fuel; the price of cooking gas touched LKR 4,199.

The economic crisis in the country is getting deeper and deeper due to the low foreign exchange reserve that worked as ghee in the fire. Protests against the government all over the country have intensified.

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Reports of violence are also coming. An emergency was declared to keep people silent. But enough is enough. The protests of the people continue. The ruling coalition has already lost the majority in parliament.

Here are the latest updates from Sri Lanka.

Starvation in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s crippling economic crisis risks starvation across the island nation of 22 million, while acute shortages and blackouts will get worse, the Speaker of Parliament, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana, warned on Wednesday.

Arjuna Ranatunga slams govt

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Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga said that the government can’t run the country properly. “The President should resign as he has failed. A caretaker government needs to be appointed. This is not political. It’s about the common man now. I hope this does not lead to a bloodbath in the country, “he told

42 Sri Lankan govt members to function independently

The ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) on Tuesday managed to retain a simple majority in Parliament. It has 114 MPs on its side, including those who previously crossed over to the government. The Sri Lanka Parliament has 225 seats.

In the wake of the swift rejection of the President’s proposal by the SJB, the TNA, and the JJB, comprising 67 members, government sources said that they hadn’t been able to reach a consensus on how to deal with the issues at hand.

Forty-two government members belonging to different political parties represented in the SLPP coalition declared that they would function independently. The SLPP parliamentary group initially consisted of 145 elected and appointed MPs. Several other MPs crossed over to it subsequently.

Doctors join in anti-government protests 

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Sri Lankan doctors said they will hold a street protest in the commercial capital Colombo on Wednesday as hospitals run out of essential drugs because of the country’s worst economic crisis in decades, even as the government appeals for calm.

People have been suffering from shortages of fuel, power, food and other items for weeks, and doctors say the entire health system could now collapse.

President Rajapaksa withdraws emergency

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa late Tuesday night revoked the state of emergency he had declared on April 1 with immediate effect. President Rajapaksa had declared a public emergency amid widespread protests over the worst economic crisis in the country.

Not only commoners, but prominent personalities have also come out in support of protesters. Former cricket greats like Sanath Jayasurya and Kumara Sangakkara have joined the protests against the government.

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