Ecuadorian reservoir with low water levels as power cuts persist

19 April 2024
2024-04-19 10:39

Parts of Ecuador were facing power cuts of up to 13 hours on Thursday amid an electricity crisis sparked by a drought that has left key hydroelectric reservoirs nearly depleted.
The government decree ordering workers to stay home went largely ignored, with buses running as usual in the capital Quito, where traffic lights were out in some areas due to blackouts.
According to Ecuador's Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology, except from some areas in the north, much of the country has received below-average rain this year. Faced with its own severe dry spell, Colombia this week halted the export of electricity to Ecuador.

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