'Sometimes I sleep in the tuk-tuk: taxi mum among the casualties of Sri Lanka’s economic crisis

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Sri Lanka’s inflation rate hit a record 39 per cent year on year in May 2022, according to government data amid the country’s worst economic crisis since independence. The country has no foreign reserves left to buy imported goods, including food, medicine and fuel. Among those suffering from the economic fallout are the country’s tuk-tuk drivers who have to queue for hours at petrol stations because of a fuel shortage. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said he is expecting China, along with India and other creditor nations, to help keep the island’s bankrupt economy afloat until the government can clinch an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout and tackle its huge foreign debt.

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