Sri Lanka has declared bankruptcy, according to an announcement from its prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe.
On Tuesday, Wickremesinghe told the Sri Lankan parliament that the country is not only bankrupt but also has no fuel left. Government employees have been told to stay home due to fuel unavailability.
Inflation spiked 54.6% in a year and is expected to hit 60% soon, and transportation costs have gone up 128% in only one month, according to Bloomberg.
Sri Lanka has officially declared that it’s bankrupt. Civil servants have been instructed to stay home because the country has no fuel left. The next shipment of fuel is expected on 22nd July. Schools are closed. Inflation is nearing 60%.
— Ahmed Mohammed (@M_Ahmed52) July 5, 2022
Sri Lanka has been facing one of its most dire economic crises to date, and at this point, civilians are struggling to procure basic necessities like food and medicine. Countries around the world are sending financial assistance to help it overcome these problems.
At the G7 Summit last month, the US pledged US$20 million to assist Sri Lankans in the fight for food security. This came in addition to a previously donated amount of US$12 million.
16. Your struggle must be one for rebuilding and uplifting our country. It should not be to destroy our country. Step by step, let us go forward.
For my full speech: https://t.co/GGPKuMKGT3
— Ranil Wickremesinghe (@RW_UNP) June 22, 2022