On 16 April 2024, President Daniel Noboa decreed a national energy emergency in response to recent blackouts. The decree was issued the day after nationwide energy cuts were announced due to low production levels by Ecuador’s hydroelectric plants amid significant drought conditions. Noboa also called for the resignation of the minister of energy and for an investigation into alleged acts of sabotage at the hydroelectric plants. Meanwhile, disruptions to internet connectivity were reported in multiple provinces as power outages continue. In a related development, government officials announced an increased deployment of security personnel in the city of Guayaquil to compensate for potential disruptions to police surveillance operations against organized crime groups.