Hundreds of kilometer long queues are being witnessed in the country for several days in view of suspension of fuel sales. Long queues were seen across the island nation at IOC-run fuel stations, while roads remained isolated without any vehicles. Without transport the country has come to a standstill, while government offices are barely functioning and schools are completely closed.
Struggling to supply fuel for transport, the government first announced four days’ work in the week, but two weeks’ work from home from June 27. On Sunday, Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera had issued a stern warning saying that the country has 12,774 tonnes of diesel and 4,061 tonnes of petrol left in its reserves. He said the next petrol shipment is expected to arrive between July 22 and 23.