Updated: Apr 08, 2022 08:08 IST
Colombo [Sri Lanka]April 8 (ANI): As massive outbreak across Sri Lanka after the economic crisis, multiple countries have issued travel warnings for the island nation.
Along with the US, UK and Australia have issued travel warnings to their citizens to reconsider visiting the Island nation, reported Colombo Gazette.
The US has its citizens in situation to reconsider travel to Sri Lanka as the country is experiencing shortages of fuel and cooking gas as well as some medicines and essential food items, due to the ongoing economic situation.
“There have recently been police over the economic situation and queues at gas stations, grocery stores, and some pharmacies. Protests have occurred throughout the country and have been mostly peaceful. In some instances, have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesters. There have also been daily planned power outages across the island, as well as some unplanned power outages, as fuel for backup generators is increasingly scarce. ongoing situation,” the US State Department said.
Australia has warned that public demonstrations are occurring throughout Sri Lanka and a Public Emergency can be declared, and curfews imposed with limited notice, reported Colombo Gazette.
“Avoid demonstrations and events that draw large groups. Carry relevant travel and identification documents with you at all times. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor the media for updates. You may experience disruption to fuel supply and planned lengthy power outages. Import may impact your ability to access some medicines and food items,” Australians have been warned.
The UK has said that the economic situation is affordable in Sri Lanka with shortages of basic necessities including medicines, fuel and food because of a shortage of hard currency to pay, reported Colombo.
“There may be long queues at grocery stores, gas stations, and pharmacies. Local authorities may impose the rationing of electricity, resulting in power outages. There have been a number of dependence since March 31, 2022. There are reports that further dependence are likely to take place across the island. The Government of Sri Lanka may impose local restrictions at short notice. You should be vigilant, avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings, and follow the advice of the local authorities,” the UK Foreign Office said.
Canada noted that on April 1, 2022, the President declared a quality state of emergency following concern in Colombo. The state of emergency will give local authorities the power to arrest individuals without a warrant.
Further dependent are planned in Colombo and across the country in the coming days. Curfews may be imposed on short notice, especially in Colombo.
Canadians have been told to expect a heightened security presence instructions, monitor local media to stay informed on the evolving situation, avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are and follow the of local authorities, reported Colombo Gazette. (ANI)