Travel risk round-up: Friday 27 April

 

Here’s your handful of risk alerts that have taken place around the globe in the last two weeks, keeping you up-to-date with major events potentially affecting your business and travellers.

 

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Fresh protests planned in Bratislava following murder of a journalist, Slovakia

On Sunday, 15 April, thousands participated in further protests in Bratislava demanding the dismissal of the National Police Chief and Special Prosecutor. A handful of high-ranking government officials has already been pressure to hand their resignations amid frequent large-scale protests in the Slovakian capital and other major urban centres. The protests will start at 1600hrs (1400 UTC) in the vicinity of the Slovak National Uprising Square (SNP).

Advice to businesses and travellers

Travellers in Slovakia are advised to avoid the demonstration due to the associated risks of exposure to opportunistic crime, unruly crowd behaviour, and police crowd control measures. Clients should monitor local media sources to remain aware of current tensions and for any updates related to planned or ongoing unrest in their area of operations.

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Authorities issue yellow level pollution warning for Beijing, China

The China National Environmental Monitoring Centre issued a yellow level pollution alert for Beijing on Wednesday, 18 April, warning residents of harmful air pollution. Moderately or seriously polluted air affected the city until Friday 20 April when the quality of air was expected to improve. Authorities imposed restrictions on Wednesday, including dust control at construction sites, suspension of construction work and restrictions on vehicle movement. The yellow level indicates the average daily air quality index will exceed 200 mg/m3 of harmful fine particulate matter (PM2.5) for at least two days.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Travellers in Beijing are advised to reduce outdoor activities and consider the use of face masks. Carry a bottle of water and consume light, easily digestible food. Those flying from the city’s airport are also advised to confirm their respective schedules or bookings due to potential smog-related travel disruption. Drivers should exercise caution on the road due to poor visibility and should monitor local media to remain apprised of any associated restrictions on road traffic.

 

Moderate
Pedestrians hit by vehicle in North York District, Toronto, Canada

A suspect has been taken into custody after a van mounted the pavement in the North York District of Toronto, striking a number of pedestrians. The vehicle suspected to have been involved in the incident has also been recovered. The incident occurred at around 1330hrs (1730 UTC) on Monday, 23 April on Yonge Street at the intersection with Finch Avenue, with the vehicle striking around ten pedestrians. Unconfirmed reports suggest that two of the pedestrians have been killed. Line 1 of the city’s Metro has also been suspended between Sheppard and Finch stations.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Those in Toronto are advised to minimise non-essential travel in the North York district in the immediate term due to the ongoing police and emergency response operations. Travellers should expect disruption to overland travel in the area, as well as to underground rail services and should consider planning alternative routes. Travellers should monitor local media sources for further updates on the incident and heed any directives issued by local authorities.

 

High
Police officer killed in militant attack on Kabul checkpoint, Afghanistan

On Wednesday, 25 April, a group of unidentified gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in Kabul’s 13th District. The incident, in the Kampany Bridge area, is thought to have involved a firefight in which all the attending police officers were killed.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Due to the Islamic extremist presence and ongoing security operations, travel in Kabul should be limited to operationally-critical deployments. Those in the provinces are advised to operate under the strictest possible security risk management measures in coordination with local authorities and a trusted security provider. Security procedures should be regularly reviewed and updated so as to remain commensurate with the local threat environment.

 

Moderate
Unidentified gunmen attack camp near Anderamboukane, Menaka region, with multiple fatalities reported, Mali

On Thursday, 26 April, at least ten people have been killed near the border with Niger, at the Daoussahak camp in Aklize, near Anderamboukane, Menaka Region. Local sources indicate that the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) is behind these killings, however, no militant group has claimed responsibility for this attack as of now. More information is awaited.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Those with operationally-critical travel requirements in the Menaka region should first conduct a thorough localised threat assessment and subject all movement to stringent security risk management procedures. Travellers are advised to liaise with security forces and local authorities to identify areas with ongoing security operations in the region. Contingency measures should be continually reviewed and updated so as to remain commensurate with the local threat environment.

 

2018-04-27T08:41:02+00:00