Vegetable shortage drives up prices at DEC

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Residents from Dambulla, Galewela, Naula and Seegiriya were seen travelling to Dambulla to purchase essentials after the islandwide curfew was lifted last morning (12).

Traders said that vendors arrived in the Dambulla Economic Centre (DEC) to buy limited quantities of vegetables available at the DEC after it reopened at 4 a.m. yesterday.

DEC traders say that the prices of vegetables had shot up drastically largely due to insufficient stocks.

They also said the DEC had been receiving moderate quantities of vegetables such as pumpkin, carrot, beans, cabbage, while highlighting a shortage of low country vegetables. 

Meanwhile, long queues were seen at fuel stations in and around Dambulla yesterday and many stations had shut down after running out of petrol and diesel.

Transport services were also in operation sporadically as commuters were seen stranded at bus stops in and around Dambulla.

BY K. K. Ariyadasa – Dambulla