As Sri Lanka battles acute shortages – in food, fuel, medicine – former cricketer Roshan Mahanama shared photos of him serving tea and sandwiches to those waiting in twisting lines at a gas station in Colombo.
Sri Lanka is suffering from its worst economic crisis since independence, with the country unable to find dollars to import essential goods.
“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,” the cricketer posted on Twitter.
This evening we served tea and sandwiches with the Community Meal Share team for 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. pic.twitter.com/i0sdr2xptI
— Roshan Mahanama (@Rosh_Maha) June 18, 2022
Sri Lanka has deployed armed police and troops to guard gas stations.
The government has closed state institutions and schools for two weeks in an effort to reduce commuter traffic and conserve depleted fuel supplies in the impoverished country.
Please take care of each other in the fuel rows. Bring plenty of fluids and food and if you are not feeling well please contact the nearest person next to you and ask for support or call 1990. We need to take care of each other in this hard times,” insisted the cricketer.
Sri Lanka defaulted on its $51 billion foreign debt in April and is in talks with the International Monetary Fund for a bailout