Travel risk round-up: 12 September

Travel risk round-up 12 Sept

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Solomon Island: Unexploded World War II Bomb Found in Downtown Honiara; Avoid the Area until Confirmed Safe

According to an alert from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, an unexploded World War II bomb has been discovered in downtown Honiara near a popular local market on Wednesday, 12 September. The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force is managing the disposal of the bomb.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members in Honiara are advised to avoid the vicinity of the central market area until local officials have confirmed that the area is safe. Monitor local media sources for the latest updates and strictly adhere to any directives issued by local authorities.


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Zimbabwe: Minister of Health Declares Emergency as Cholera Deaths Rise in Harare

According to Zimbabwe’s Health Minister Obadiah Moyo on Tuesday, 11 September, a Cholera emergency has been declared in Harare after the number of deaths during the ongoing outbreak reached 20 and infrastructure is insufficient to stop it spreading. There are now over 2,000 confirmed cases with the number growing daily and the minister said the outbreak is spreading to other parts of the country. Cholera is caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water and Zimbabwe has been susceptible to the spread of the disease as a result of blocked sewages, irregular garbage collections. In addition, the outbreak has been exacerbated by the fact that some residents in Harare have gone months without tap water and are forced to dig shallow wells and boreholes that have become contaminated. Many fear a repeat of the 2008 outbreak, at the height of the country’s economic crisis, which killed over 4,000 people according to government sources.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Cholera is a potentially fatal bacterial infection caused by consuming contaminated food or water. Those infected will usually experience severe diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps. Travellers are advised to practice good food hygiene such as drinking only bottled, boiled or chemically-treated water, eating food that has been thoroughly cooked, avoiding raw vegetables and fruits without a peel, and washing hands frequently and thoroughly. Travellers should immediately consult a physician upon presentation of any of the above symptoms. Those in Zimbabwe should monitor local media sources for further updates on the outbreak and heed any directives issued by local authorities.


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Burkina Faso: Fatality and Several Injured in Drive-By Shooting in Nassougou, Gourma Province

According to emerging unconfirmed social media feeds on Monday, 10 September, at least one person was killed and several others were injured in Nassougou, Gourma Province. Two gunmen on a motorbike reportedly opened fire at people in a shop. A former municipal councillor was killed in the attack. Security operations are ongoing in the area. It has not yet been ascertained who the target of the attack was. Further information is awaited.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members are advised to avoid the areas of the attacks due to ongoing security operations and to exercise a heightened level of caution. Due to the high threat of militancy and criminal activity, all travel to Burkina Faso should be subject to a thorough localised threat assessment and undertaken in coordination with a trusted security provider. Follow local media outlets for updates on this incident.


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United States: Thousands Affected by Power Outage in Memphis, Tennessee

According to the local utility provider Memphis Light Gas & Water (MLGW) on Sunday, 9 September, a power outage has been reported in central Memphis, Tennessee. At least 14.000 users are affected by the outage. Thus far, MLGW has not stated what the causes of the disservice are. More details are awaited.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members in the affected area should review business and travel contingency plans in light of the outages and monitor local media for updates on the situation and latest information on the restoration of power. Travellers should be mindful of an increased risk of opportunistic crime in the city amid the outages.


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Belize: State of Emergency Declared in George Street and Ghost Town, Belize City over Rising Violent Crime

According to an alert released by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Saturday, 8 September, authorities have declared a state of emergency in the George Street and Ghost Town areas of Southside Belize City. The state of emergency is a response to a significant increase in violent crime and an increased police presence has been dispatched to the area to stabilise the situation.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members in the affected area are advised to remain vigilant due to the risk of violent crime and ongoing security operations. Travellers should monitor local media sources for further information on any restrictions and heed any directives issued by the authorities.

 




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