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Sri Lanka imposes longest power cut in 26 years

Date: 03 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Sri Lanka announced nationwide seven-and-a-half hour daily power cuts, the longest in more than a quarter of a century, as its foreign exchange crisis leaves it unable to import oil.
  • The cuts are the longest imposed since 1996, when the country relied on hydropower for as much as 80% of its electricity and a prolonged drought saw reservoirs run dry.
  • Sri Lanka’s tourism sector, a key foreign-exchange earner, collapsed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the government imposed a broad import ban in March 2020 to save foreign currency.