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International News: State of Emergency declared in Ecuador due to energy crisis

Drought land

Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2024. 10:15 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Ecuador’s President, Daniel Noboa, announced a second state of emergency on Friday in response to an ongoing energy crisis prompting rationing in the nation.

Noboa, inaugurated in November, had previously declared an energy emergency and implemented power cuts earlier in the week.

However, these cuts are scheduled to halt on Sunday to accommodate a referendum on security measures, anticipated to be in Noboa’s favor.

His initial emergency declaration in January aimed to combat escalating crime by enhancing coordination between the military and police forces.

In this current 60-day state of emergency declared on Saturday, Noboa has deployed military and police personnel to safeguard energy infrastructure, as outlined in a decree accessible on his office’s website.

The primary objective of the latest state of emergency is to ensure the uninterrupted provision of electricity to the public, as stated in the decree.

A drought, exacerbated by the climate phenomenon El Niño, has depleted water levels at hydroelectric dams, which constitute the primary source of power generation in Ecuador.

 

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