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Sri Lankans take to streets over paltry Covid allowance

People struggle to make ends meet as country reels from second wave of pandemic

UCA News reporter, Colombo

UCA News reporter, Colombo

Updated: December 04, 2020 07:38 AM GMT
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Sri Lankans take to streets over paltry Covid allowance

Special Task Force personnel deploy at Mahara prison on the outskirts of Colombo on Nov. 30, a day after a riot over a surge in coronavirus infections. Some 11 prisoners were killed in the riot. (Photo: AFP)

People in Sri Lankan capital Colombo, which has been under lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, are demanding food, saying it is difficult for them to live and they have nothing to eat.

Although the government has promised to provide relief to people trapped in their homes, a paltry payment of 5,000 rupees (US$27) is not sufficient.

"How can we, a family of four, live on a monthly allowance of 5,000 rupees?" asked Aruni Nuwangi, who has been in lockdown for more than a month.

People in north and central Colombo have taken to the streets complaining that the relief provided by the government is not enough as goods are being sold at exorbitant prices.

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