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Power outage sweeps throughout Ecuador as electrical grid collapses

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On Wednesday, the electrical system in Ecuador went down, causing a statewide blackout that affected metro services, road traffic, and other important infrastructure. The outage lasted for several hours.

A sudden blackout occurred just after 3:00 pm local time, causing hundreds of people to be evacuated and shocking metro users in Quito, the capital. Trains came to a standstill.

Some had to slog through the metro’s pitch-black tunnels for hours before they could find a way out.

A “breakdown in the transmission line, which caused a chain of disconnections” that resulted in a nationwide failure was earlier stated by him.


To keep the roughly three million residents of Quito under control, police stationed themselves at intersections and turned on the blinkers at all other traffic signals.

Some areas of the capital began to have electricity restored gradually within an hour.

He had issued an order for the deployment of special teams to assist those in danger, forestall mishaps, and “take care of public spaces.”

According to Luque: “For years there has been a lack of investment in these systems and electrical grids and today we are suffering the consequences.”

As a result, Cuenca’s street vehicles likewise came to a halt in operation.

In the middle of the South American nation, in Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, the scenario was somewhat similar, and the traffic agents were quite busy.

For the duration of the blackout, the education ministry decided to halt night sessions for safety concerns.

People in Ecuador had to deal with scheduled outages that may last up to thirteen hours.

With the arrival of the rainy season and the lifting of energy restrictions in May, everything got back to normal.

Hydroelectric facilities provide 92% of the nation’s power.

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