Ecuador Plunged into Darkness: Nationwide Power Outage Halts Capital’s Subway

Ecuador faced a nationwide electricity blackout on Wednesday, affecting 18 million residents and disrupting the capital Quito's subway system. Public Works Minister Roberto Luque cited a transmission line failure as the cause. The outage coincides with ongoing drought and recent heavy rains, leading to critical infrastructure challenges.

Reuters | Updated: 20-06-2024 03:26 IST | Created: 20-06-2024 03:26 IST
Ecuador Plunged into Darkness: Nationwide Power Outage Halts Capital’s Subway
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A nationwide electricity outage struck Ecuador on Wednesday, leaving the nation of some 18 million in the dark, including the capital's subway system, as authorities worked to repair faulty power lines, a senior official said on Wednesday.

"There is a failure in the transmission line that caused a cascade disconnection, so there's no electricity at a national scale," Public Works Minister Roberto Luque said in a post on X. Luque also serves as the country's acting energy minister.

A Reuters witness said there was confusion on the streets of Quito, the capital, as traffic lights ceased working. Operations of Quito's subway system have also ground to a halt.

"Due to a general failure of the national interconnected electrical energy system, the operation of the Quito Metro is interrupted while the systems are restarted and verified," the metro system said on X. In April, Ecuadorean President Daniel Noboa declared an energy emergency and announced planned electricity cuts.

While the South American country has struggled with a drought affecting hydro-electricity power generation, heavy rains over the weekend forced authorities to take three hydroelectric plants offline. The weekend rains provoked a landslide that killed at least 17 people and left 19 others injured. The disaster prompted Ecuador's private OCP oil pipeline to suspend operations and declare force majeure.

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