Sri Lanka economy in crisis as debt mounts, reserves dwindle

A Sri Lankan vegetable vendor sleeps by her stall at a wholesale vegetable market closed to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Colombo, Sri Lanka on June 16, 2021. Sri Lanka has cut back on imports of farm chemicals, cars and even its staple spice turmeric as its foreign exchange reserves dwindle, hindering its ability to repay a mountain of debt as the South Asian island nation struggles to recover from the pandemic. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena) Indian workers employed at an Indian invested development project walk outside their construction site in Colombo, Sri Lanka on June 16, 2021. Sri Lanka has cut back on imports of farm chemicals, cars and even its staple spice turmeric as its foreign exchange reserves dwindle, hindering its ability to repay a mountain of debt as the South Asian island nation struggles to recover from the pandemic. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)