"We don't mind helping, but we can't trust the government with our cash," a Sri Lankan doctor in Australia told AFP, asking for anonymity. A Sri Lankan software engineer in Canada said he had no confidence that the money would be spent on the needy.
Dozens of Sri Lankan lawmakers walked out of the ruling coalition on Tuesday, leaving President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's government in a minority in parliament as it struggled to quell protests amid the country's worst economic crisis in decades.
Barely hours after Rajapaksa fled the country, hundreds of people were demanding the resignation of the prime minister as well and fighting street battles with security forces, some armed with assault rifles.
Rajapaksa emailed a letter of resignation to the speaker of the country's parliament late on Thursday, two sources said. In commercial capital Colombo, troops patrolled the streets to enforce a curfew.
"We would urge the Sri Lankan parliament to approach this with a commitment to the betterment of the country, not any one political party," US Secretary of State said at a news conference in Bangkok.
After he was sworn in by the chief justice as interim president, Wickremesinghe vowed to start moves to increase parliament's powers and reduce those of the president, as demanded by protesters.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa was provided on Saturday with an official residence and security by the government after he returned to the country he had fled in July during economic unrest, two senior officials said.
Amarakeerthi Athukorala opened fire and critically wounded two people blocking his car in the town of Nittambuwa, police said, adding that one of the victims died of his injuries.
Mahinda Rajapaksa's resignation came hours after clashes broke out in Colombo, where supporters of the ruling party stormed an anti-government protest camp and were beaten back by police using tear gas and water cannon.
Ranil Wickremesinghe wants to privatise the loss-making national airline as part of reforms aimed at solving the country worst economic crisis in decades. Wickremesinghe said the airline lost about $123m in the 2020-2021 fiscal year.