Train strikes are an absolute nightmare – but as frustrating as they are in Britain, they don’t come close to these scenes in Sri Lanka.
Incredible images show desperate passengers clinging on to the side of carriages and hanging out of open doorways of trains in the capital Colombo.
Strikes by train drivers and guards in the tropical island were made even worse for commuters as they were completely unannounced beforehand, according to local media.
As disruptive as Tube strikes are in London, at least they let us know in advance.
Stop for a second and picture how sweaty it must have been inside those carriages.
Thousands of commuters were affected by the unexpected strike during the evening rush hour on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.
Passengers were so furious at the cancellation of services that police were called in to calm them down.
The few services that continued running were full to the brim, with images showing thousands of passengers queueing on busy platforms.
However, after the initial chaos, the strike was called off following successful negotiations, Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror reported.
The Locomotive Operating Engineers Union said President’s Secretary Austin Fernando had agreed to their demands over the recruitment of workers.