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International News: Ecuador introduces 3-day work week to address energy shortage

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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2024. 1:14 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Officials in Ecuador have ordered the public and private sector workers to take Thursday and Friday off to save energy in response to unprecedented power outages.

According to The Telegraph, the country began experiencing sudden power outages.

Ecuador’s President Daniel Noboa reportedly fired Andrea Arrobo, his energy minister.

Experts say it could be related to the drought triggered by the El Niño weather phenomenon, with Ecuador and other nations heavily reliant on hydroelectric dams harnessing mountain water runoff.

Noboa has blamed the crisis on a combination of “environmental circumstances” and “unheard of acts of corruption and negligence”.

Last week, Colombia commenced rationing water and has suspended energy supplies to Ecuador.

Meanwhile, the reservoir feeding Ecuador’s Mazar hydroelectric dam was reported to be dry, while the nearby Paute Dam registered storage levels of just four per cent.

President Noboa declared the suspension of the five-day working week and ordered the attorney general’s office to investigate the energy crisis.

 

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