Travel risk round-up: 27 June

Travel risk round-up

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Massive Protest to be Staged across Rif Region on June 27, Morocco

Thousands are expected to demonstrate across Rif Region on Wednesday, 27 July to protest the yesterday’s jail sentence of the leader of the Popular Movement political group, Al-Hirak al-Shaabu. There is a high likelihood of clashes between demonstrators and security forces. The Rif Region has long-standing tense relationship with the central authorities in Rabat, and was at the heart of Arab Spring-inspired protests in Morocco in February 2011.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Travellers in Rif Region are advised to avoid the vicinity of any protests due to the risk of incidental violence, opportunistic crime and heavy-handed security response. Travellers should monitor local media sources for any further information.

 

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Manhunt Underway in Dortmund After Shooting at City Hospital, Germany

According to national news sources on Tuesday, 26 June, one person has been injured in a shooting incident at a hospital in the Horde area of Dortmund. The incident occurred at 1400hrs (1200UTC) when an unknown gunman entered the St Josefs Hospital on Wilhelm-Schmidt Strasse and shot a doctor. Police arrived at the scene to search for the suspect, who is believed to have fled the scene. There is a heavy police presence in the area as authorities are currently carrying out a search for the suspect, who is believed to have thorn his weapon away before fleeing the scene.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Those in the area are advised to anticipate localised travel disruptions as a result of ongoing police investigations. Clients are further advised to maintain a heightened sense of situational awareness and report any suspicious persons or activity to authorities.

 

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Multiple Casualties Reported Following Explosion in Firework Factory in Tultepec, State of Mexico

According to emerging social media feeds on Monday, 25 June, at least one person was killed and a further eight were injured in an explosion in a firework factory in Tultepec, State of Mexico. Emergency operations are ongoing and travel disruption may occur in the area.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Those in Tultepec are advised to avoid the vicinity of the incident due to the ongoing emergency service responses and the risk of further explosions. Travellers should monitor local media sources for further updates on the incident and possible associated travel disruption.

 

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Inclement Weather Triggers Floods and Landslides in Northern Vietnam; Several Casualties Reported, Vietnam

On Monday, 25 June, the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority announced that at least seven people have died and 12 others are missing following floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in northern Vietnam. The incidents occurred in the provinces of Lai Chau and Ha Giang. Overland disruptions are expected as mudslides have been reportedly obstructing some roads in the aforementioned areas. Inclement weather is due to continue until Wednesday, 27 June.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members in the affected region are advised to monitor weather and travel conditions and avoid all unnecessary driving should conditions worsen. Drivers should exercise a heightened degree of caution in flood-affected areas due to likely hazardous conditions caused by heavy rain, flooding, landslides and debris. Travellers should monitor local media sources for news of travel-related disruption caused by the flooding and make alternative plans accordingly.

 

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Travel Disruption Expected as Belarus Celebrates Independence Day on 3 July; Rehearsals on 23 and 28 June

Belarus will celebrate its Independence Day with a military parade in central Minsk on Tuesday, 3 July. The column will move along Prospekt Pobediteley Street and is due to arrive at Victory Square for the main event at 1000hrs (0700 UTC). The parade route then continues along Independence Avenue towards the intersection with Starnovskaya Street. Further events are likely throughout the city, as well as a fireworks display. As this is a designated national holiday, disruption to public services, transport, and commerce is expected, and an increased security presence is likely in urban centres nationwide. Rehearsals for the parade will take place on 23 and 28 June, which will most likely cause some localised traffic congestion.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members in Minsk are advised to remain vigilant in the vicinity of large crowds due to the risk of exposure to potential violence and opportunistic crime. Alternative journey routes should be considered in order to circumvent the parade route, reducing the risk of potential travel delays.

 

 




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