Sri Lanka is turning off all street lights to save electricity. A Sri Lankan minister said this on Thursday. Transactions in the country’s main stock market have also stopped due to the power crisis.
Sri Lankan Power Minister Pabitra Waniyarachchi said, “I have already instructed the officials to turn off all street lights in the country to save electricity.”
Sri Lanka was without power for 13 hours yesterday due to a power outage. The country has never had such a long power outage before.
Sri Lanka’s state-owned power company, which has a monopoly on the power sector, has said there will be 13-hour power outages across the country from Thursday.
Meanwhile, there has been a severe diesel crisis across Sri Lanka. Although some petrol was found in the pumps, diesel did not match. Long lines of vehicles have been formed in front of the pumps. The bus service has stopped. Many are not taking their private cars out on the road due to the fuel crisis.
Sri Lankan Transport Minister Dilum Amunugama said, “We have stopped supplying fuel to vehicles in garages for repairs. At present, fuel is being supplied to the vehicles engaged in emergency services.