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Sri Lanka fuel queue death toll rises to 12; latest victim 19 years old

FUEL QUEUES: Sri Lanka is seeing long queues especially for diesel which is also used for electricity generation.

ECONOMYNEXT- The death of a 19-year-old male in a fuel queue in Pandulugama, Anuradhapura has brought the estimated number of deaths in Sri Lanka’s fuel queues to 12.

The youth had been waiting on his motorbike in a fuel line that was blocking a greater part of the road, when a tipper collided with the bike, leaving him dead, the police media division told EconomyNext on Friday June 24.

The eleventh death was that of a 63-year-old man who passed away inside his vehicle on Thursday (23).

The man was identified as a resident of Batagoda in Anguruwatota. Police said he had been waiting in line for several days, but did not confirm a number.

Investigations are underway by the Horana Police and the body of the deceased is presently at the Horana Base Hospital, and will be handed over to the family, police said.

Sri Lanka’s forex shortage triggered fuel shortages resulting in mile long queues. Vehicle owners have now begun to segregate into three lines as motorbikes, three-wheelers, and other vehicles, causing more congestion along the road and affecting visibility especially for bigger vehicles.

Queues have increased around the island due to fears over scarcity and price hikes. The next price revision is expected to take place on Friday, and motorists are rushing  to fill their tanks.

Low-intensity fuel riots have been taking place around the country, and hoarding is also contributing to shortages and long lines snaking around the island. (Colombo/Jun24/2022)

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