SRI-LANKA: Newly elected Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday said that the crisis-hit island nation is likely to face a potential food shortage from August.
The development came as Sri Lanka defaulted on its debts for the first time in its history as the government struggles to halt its worst-ever economic crisis. An inflation rate spiraling towards 40% along with shortages of medicines, milk powder, cooking gas, kerosene, and other essential items has sparked nationwide protests.
Lines formed in many parts of Colombo, a city of around 900,000 people, as residents tried to keep a full stock of fuel, which is essential and is in extremely short supply with the government running out of foreign exchange.
“Without gas, without kerosene oil, we can’t do anything,” Shazly said. “Last option what? Without food, we are going to die. That will happen a hundred percent.”
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