Amidst fuel crisis in Island nation, former Sri Lanka batsman serves tea and buns

The economic crisis has led to an acute shortage of essential items such as food, medicines, cooking gas and other fuels, toilet paper and even matches, with Sri Lankans being forced to wait for months in rows of hours outside shops to buy fuel and cooking gas.

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Roshan Mahanama shared footage of him serving tea and sandwiches to those waiting in long lines at the gas station around Ward Place and Wijerama mawatha.

“Tonight we served tea and sandwiches with the Community Meal Share team to the people at the gas lines around Ward Place and Wijerama mawatha. The queues are getting longer by the day and there will be many health risks for people queuing,” Mahanama wrote on Twitter.

“Please, watch out for each other in the fuel queues. Bring plenty of fluids and food and if you’re not feeling well, get in touch with the person closest to you and ask for support or call 1990. We need to take care of each other in these trying times.”

Sri Lanka is experiencing its worst economic crisis since independence from Britain in 1948.

The island has faced long lines for fuel refills since mid-February, while diesel supplies for thermal power generation are coming under pressure.

India has provided Sri Lanka with thousands of tons of diesel and petrol, in addition to food and medical supplies, to help alleviate the acute fuel shortage in the debt-ridden island nation.

Sri Lanka ran out of fuel and struggled to contain a deeper economic crisis. On Friday, Sri Lanka ordered government officials to work from home to reduce crowds on public transport.

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A shortage of foreign cash reserves for essential imports has exacerbated the crisis in Sri Lanka, which has been blamed on mismanagement by members of the powerful ruling Rajapaksa family. Among their catastrophic policies were tax cuts that shrunk revenues already hit by a decline in tourism revenues caused by the pandemic, and a ban on fertilizers to promote organic farming, which devastated farmers.

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