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Sri Lankan woman rickshaw driver has to queue 12 hours, or more, for fuel

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By Uditha Jayasinghe GONAPOLA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) -Lasanda Deepthi, a 43-year-old Sri Lankan woman, plans her day around fuel queues. The driver of an auto-rickshaw on the outskirts of the commercial capital Colombo, she keeps a close eye on the petrol gauge of her sky-blue three-wheeler before accepting a job to make sure she has enough fuel. When the needle is close to empty, she joins the line outside a gas station. Sometimes, she waits through the night for petrol and when she does get it, it costs two-and-a-half times the amount it did eight months ago. Deepthi is one of millions of peop…

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