State of emergency declared in Ecuador as El Niño advances

Only two weeks ago Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa announced that the El Niño weather system approaching his country was weakening in strength.

Salinas, Ecuador.

Salinas, Ecuador. Image by Rinaldo Wurglitsch / CC BY 2.0

However, new data reveals this was little more than a temporary anomaly and that El Niño is in fact gaining power. A state of emergency has been declared in 17 of Ecuador’s provinces. Meteorologists predict that El Niño will hit coastal areas around mid-December and will continue on through February before dispersing Read more: