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Ecuador Declares State of Emergency for 2 Months


Sat 20 Apr 2024 | 07:14 PM
Israa Farhan

Ecuador’s President Daniel Noboa has announced a state of emergency for two months due to the current energy crisis plaguing the country, which has led to consumption rationing.

According to the presidential decree, "The state of emergency is declared due to serious internal disturbances and the deteriorating social situation throughout the country, resulting from the exceptional situation in the electricity sector, to ensure the continuity of electricity services to the population."

The decree states that the state of emergency will last for 60 days to ensure sufficient time to solve the energy shortage problem and guarantee electricity supplies at present to ensure stability shortly.

The document emphasizes the mobilization of the police and armed forces in the country to secure and protect vital energy infrastructure facilities from "sabotage, terrorist attacks, and other threats."

Ecuador is facing a severe energy crisis due to a complete shutdown of hydroelectric power plants across the country amid a record drought, as well as the suspension of electricity supplies from neighboring Colombia amidst problems in electricity generation.

The drought, partially caused by the climate phenomenon known as El Niño, has impacted production activities in hydroelectric dams, which produce most of Ecuador's energy.

As a result, power outages for consumers continue for up to 8 hours daily.