Foreign Office issues Sri Lanka warning as situation worsens

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By Linsey McNeill
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The Foreign Office is warning of the risk of further curfews in Sri Lanka after demonstrators took to the street of the capital Colombo at the weekend to protest over severe food and fuel shortages.

The latest curfew was due to be lifted at 6am this morning but the Government of Sri Lanka has declared a public emergency.

In a travel update on Saturday, the Foreign Office said: “The economic situation is deteriorating in Sri Lanka with shortages of basic necessities including medicines, fuel and food because of a shortage of hard currency to pay for imports. 

“There may be long queues at grocery stores, gas stations, and pharmacies. Local authorities may impose the rationing of electricity, resulting in power outages.”

The FCDO added: “ Local restrictions, including further curfews could be imposed at short notice. You should be vigilant, avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings, and follow the advice of the local authorities.”

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