Sri Lankan authorities have decided to close schools and have urged employees to work from home to save fuel as the country continues to grapple with the worst economic crisis since independence in 1948.
Authorities have decided to close schools in the capital, Colombo and surrounding areas for a week and have asked employees to work from home until further notice, just days after the government shortened workdays by declaring Friday a public holiday and urging employees to “study at home”. gardening or planting early crops” to ensure their supply.
Electricity and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said on Sunday that the country of 22 million people is struggling to secure new fuel supplies, indicating stockpiles of about 9,000 tons of diesel and 6,000 tons of gasoline with no new supplies.
Priority will be given to fuel distribution for public transport, power generation and medical services, with some of it rationed at ports and airports, according to reports.
Source: The Independent