Sri Lanka’s economy is fragile, and it depends on tourism

Updated 5:32 PM EDT, Thu April 25, 2019
Relatives of a blast victim grieve outside a morgue in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019.  More than hundred were killed and hundreds more hospitalized with injuries from eight blasts that rocked churches and hotels in and just outside of Sri Lanka's capital on Easter Sunday, officials said, the worst violence to hit the South Asian country since its civil war ended a decade ago. (Eranga Jayawardena/AP)
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(CNN Business) —  

A series of deadly attacks could deal a body blow to one of Asia’s fragile economies.

Bombs ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing at least 250 people and injuring hundreds. Targets included the upmarket Shangri-La hotel in the capital, Colombo.

Four days after the coordinated attacks, the Sri Lankan Health Ministry revised the death toll, saying 253 people had died. That toll is significantly lower than the 359 initially reported to CNN by a Colombo police spokesman this week.

At least 39 of those killed in the explosions were identified as tourists from countries including the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia and India.

On top of the heavy loss of human life, the attacks could cause serious damage to Sri Lanka’s economy, which depends on tourism.