'This is the poorest and most anxious I have ever felt': Sri Lankans suffer amid economy's meltdown

Sri Lanka's worst ever economic crisis has left its citizens suffering shortages of food, fuel and power. The Straits Times reports on their daily struggle.

COLOMBO - Nirupa Samanthi, 53, has not been able to sell any hot rice hoppers for three days in a row. Although disappointed, she is not surprised.

Every one of her 220 neighbours in Block B of Siyapath Sevana, a housing complex for low-income families in Colombo, has been cutting expenses. The residents - labourers, gardeners, taxi drivers, domestic workers, salesmen and snack vendors - are feeling the pain of an economic emergency like never before.

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