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Sri Lanka Runs Out Of Gasoline, Solely Important Providers To Function Until July 10

Sri Lanka has run out of gasoline and solely important companies will function beginning midnight. The record of important companies will embrace well being, regulation and order, ports, airport, meals distribution and agriculture. All non-essential companies have been suspended until July 10.

“From midnight today, no fuel will be sold except for essential services like the health sector, because we want to conserve the little reserves we have,” authorities spokesman Bandula Gunawardana was quoted as saying by information company AFP.

Colleges will stay shut and workers of personal workplaces have been requested to do business from home. Authorities officers have been requested to go for do business from home.

That is the primary time the island nation of 22 million folks has run out of gasoline. Sri Lanka has been reeling underneath its greatest financial disaster since its Independence in 1948 and has been unable to finance the import of meals, medicines or gasoline since late final yr.

Earlier this month, the Public Administration ministry ordered all departments, public establishments and native councils to take care of skeleton companies in view of the duel scarcity.

“Due to scarce public transport as well as the inability to arrange private vehicles, it is decided to drastically curtail the number of employees reporting to work,” the ministry’s order mentioned.

The order got here a day after the United Nations launched its emergency programme. 4 out of 5 folks in Sri Lanka are skipping meals as they can’t afford to eat, the UN mentioned. The World Meals Programme mentioned it started distributing meals vouchers to about 2,000 pregnant ladies in components of Colombo.