Sri Lanka economy in crisis as debt mounts, reserves dwindle


              Sri Lankan rice farmers prepare their field for cultivation in Keppetipola, Sri Lanka on July 1, 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)
            
              Sri Lankan potato farmer Pathmasiri Kumara speaks over his mobile phone as he checks the availability of fertilizer in the market in Keppetipola, Sri Lanka on July 1, 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)
            
              Sri Lankan vegetable farmer Pathmasiri Kumara removes weeds in his potato field in Keppetipola, Sri Lanka on July 1, 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)
            
              Sri Lankan daily waged laborers transport a cart load of imported garlic during restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus at a wholesale market place 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)