Schools in Sri Lanka are staying closed for an extra week because of shortage of fuel to get children and staff to and from classrooms as the government had restricted fuel sales to essential services last week.
As the economic crisis deepens, the country is running low on foreign reserves needed to import oil. This has led to the introduction of daily power cuts of up to three hours a day because of lack of fuel for generating power stations.
Most of the motor vehicles have been packed and economic daily activities have been disrupted since finding the money for the import of fuel is not available. Sri Lanka has a substantial foreign debt and non of the island’s gasoline providers are ready to offer their fuel on credit.
According to officials, the existing inventories which are only enough to last a few days would be used to support vital services like food distribution, public transportation and workers in the health and port industries, which is officially saying the country is on its last stands to complete disruption.