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Sri Lankan government closes schools and employees work from home to save fuel

By wasmulhaq 
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Colombo: Fuel crisis in Sri Lanka reached its pinnacle. The government has urged troops in the country to distribute tokens on Monday to people who are in a long queue to get petrol. The nation has been passing through its worst economic crisis. Due to a lack of fuel, schools are closed for a week in Colombo, and public employees don’t need to go to the office; they have been ordered to work from home.

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The foreign exchange of the island nation is so low that it is unable to pay money to import essential commodities such as food items, medicine, and fuel.

“I have been in line for four days.” I haven’t slept or eaten properly during this time, “said autorickshaw driver W.D. Shelton, 67, one of those who received a token meant to hold their place in the queue for when fuel becomes available.

He planned to stay because he didn’t have enough gas to drive to his home, which was only 5 kilometres (3 miles) away.

The stockpiles stand at about 9,000 tonnes of diesel and 6,000 tonnes of petrol, Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said on Sunday, but no fresh shipments are due.

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Fuel station queues have grown rapidly since last week. “This is a tragedy; we don’t know where this will end,” Shelton said.

A team from the International Monetary Fund is on a visit to Sri Lanka to discuss a $3-billion rescue package.Sri Lanka is hoping to reach a staff-level agreement before the visit ends on Thursday, but that is unlikely to unlock any immediate funds

 

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