There are residents lining up for BBM until they die

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia

An Indonesian citizen who lives in Sri LankaOktofiani, told the story of how difficult it is to live in a country that has now been branded bankrupt.

Oktofiani has lived in Sri Lanka for two years with her husband who works at the United Nations (UN). He told me that he had witnessed and experienced how the Sri Lankan crisis continued to worsen until it was declared a collapse.

To, Oktofiani said that the long queues at every gas station and LPG gas depot are no longer a new sight. Rows of people carrying gallons and gas cylinders snaked up to 1-2 kilometers at the gas station every day.

Oktofiani said her husband had even queued for up to 14 hours to fill up his car with gas. Even then, the husband still did not get the petrol ration even though he had been waiting in line for a long time.

“The saddest thing is that some people have died because they lined up for gasoline for hours or days,” said the woman who worked as a crypto market participant when contacted, Thursday (23/6).

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Oktofiani said those who died were suspected to be overheated and dehydrated while waiting in line.

In addition to the scarce fuel, LPG gas in Sri Lanka has also recently been difficult to obtain.

Oktofiani said that her household assistant had lined up for days to get LPG gas. If they can’t get gas, people will cook with kerosene or firewood.

Not only fuel and gas, Oktofiani also living conditions in Sri Lanka are increasingly complicated by simultaneous power outages every day. This is done by the government in order to save energy which is running low.

Oktofiani said that the power outages took place every day, often lasting more than two hours. And that, he said, could take place up to four times a day.

“Well, if kerosene is scarce, people cook using electric stoves, but when the electricity goes out, people cook using wood,” he said.

Sri Lanka was reportedly bankrupt due to the economic crisis that hit the country. The government is said to be unable to pay the debts they have.

As a result of the crisis, the prices of goods and basic necessities have soared, especially imported goods, one of which is fuel. Some goods are also getting scarce, including fuel, rice and gas.

The surge and scarcity of goods meant that some purchases of staple foods were also restricted at supermarkets, he said.

Oktofiani said citizens can only buy 2 kilograms of sugar, liquid milk can only buy 3 boxes per person.

In a situation that is getting worse, the Indonesian Embassy in Colombo has yet to urge Indonesian citizens to return to their homeland.


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