Sri Lankan authorities are enforcing rolling power cuts across the country as the financial crisis causes fuel shortages


Posted on 22 February 2022


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Sri Lankan authorities are enforcing rolling power cuts across the island nation as the country's increasing financial crisis causes fuel shortages and puts the country's power grid at risk. The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka has announced that the country's grid will be turned off for two hours on Tuesday, following a similar outage the day before. According to officials, electricity will be turned off in different regions on a rotating basis between 4:30 and 10:30 p.m. The Ceylon Electricity Board had requested approval for the cutbacks, according to the regulatory body, since fuel shortages had caused a 541 MW loss to the national system. Sri Lankans have been experiencing occasional power outages over the past few weeks. Sri Lanka's biggest economic crisis in decades is being fueled by depleted foreign funds. Fuel and other commodities, such as milk powder, cooking gas, and petrol, have been hampered by a financial crisis. Many Sri Lankans have been forced to line for hours to get petrol for their motorcycles and vehicles in the capital city of Colombo and its environs in recent days. Some gas stations remained closed due to a lack of new supply. The pandemic wreaked havoc on Sri Lanka's economy, which is highly reliant on tourism and trade, with the government predicting a $14 billion loss in the last two years.


Key Points


  • Sri Lankan authorities are enforcing rolling power cuts across the island nation as the country's increasing financial crisis causes fuel shortages and puts the country's power grid at risk.

  • The pandemic wreaked havoc on Sri Lanka's economy, which is highly reliant on tourism and trade, with the government predicting a $14 billion loss in the last two years.


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