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Sri Lankan PM warns of 'difficult' months ahead

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STORY: These rickshaw drivers are lined up in Colombo hoping to fill up on gas.

But as Sri Lanka's fuel crisis worsens,

it's uncertain if any will be there when it's their turn.

AUTO RICKSHAW DRIVER, MOHAMMAD NAUSHAD, SAYING:

"How will we manage without fuel? All the vehicles are here, we do not have any work now. This is our only job these days, there is nothing else to do.”

On Monday - the country's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced that Sri Lanka was down to its last day of fuel...

and in desperate need of $75 million for essential imports.

Two shipments of petrol and two of diesel using an Indian credit line could provide relief in the next few days, he added, but the country is also facing a medicine shortage.

The crisis has led to widespread protests against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his family.

His brother, Mahinda, resigned as prime minister last week.

Peaceful demonstrations turned violent after pro-government supporters stormed a protest camp on May 9.

Nine people died and more than 300 were injured.

ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTER AND ACTIVIST OF THE LEFTIST-MARXIST JVP FRONT'S YOUTH WING, VRAIE CALLY BALTHAZAAR, SAYING:

"The reason we are here is because we truly feel that there is a lot of ... what happened on the 9th, the attack on the 9th was violent and vicious and as of now, it's been seven days since and, despite it been seven days, no one has been taken into custody.”

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe has warned things could get worse, saying the next couple of months will be the most “difficult ones of our lives.”

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