Travel risk round-up: 19 September

Drum Cussac Travel Risk Round Up 18 September 2018

Low
Japan: Check-In System Glitch Triggers Flight Cancellations and Delays at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport

Local media sources report that a check-in system glitch on Tuesday, 18 September, resulted in flight cancellations and delays at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT). According to airport authorities, the glitch affected airlines operating from Terminal 2 as they were unable to use automated systems to process passengers and their baggage. The system is now back online, however, residual travel disruption is to be anticipated.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members flying from or to Narita International Airport are advised to liaise with their flight provider prior to travel in order to ascertain the status of their flight. Travellers are further advised to monitor local media sources for related updates and adjust travel itineraries if necessary in order to maintain business continuity.


Moderate
Angola: Fatalities Reported following Stampede at Estadio 11 de Novembro Stadium in Luanda

According to media reports, at least five people were killed and seven others injured following a stampede at a football stadium in Luanda on Saturday, 15 September. The stampede occurred after spectators left the stadium after a game between Angola’s Primeiro de Agosto and TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is indicated that the gates were suddenly opened upon which fans rushed out and some were trampled under police horses. Last year, at least 17 people died and dozens were injured in a stampede at a stadium in Uige, a city in northern Angola.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members in Angola are advised to remain highly vigilant during popular sports events with a large attendance. In general, those in-country should minimise time spent in the vicinity of large crowds due to the risk of stampedes as well as exposure to potential crowd disturbances.


High
Hong Kong, China: National Meteorological Center Issues Red Alert after Typhoon Mangkhut Makes Landfall

China has issued a red alert Sunday, 16 September, in Hong Kong and Macao regions as Typhoon Mangkhut has made landfall. The National Meteorological Center has upgraded the alert to the highest level for the 22nd typhoon of the year. The southern provinces of Guangdong, Fujian and Hainan were also included in the alert. Authorities issued the maximum alert, with residents warned to stay indoors to avoid flying debris.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members in the affected areas should shut and lock any windows doors as well as reinforce any gates and other such entrances. While inside, members should stay away from windows or the part of your residence most exposed to the storm. Closely monitor local media sources for the latest weather-related updates and should heed any directives issued by local authorities. Motorists should exercise heightened caution in potentially hazardous driving conditions caused by the storm. Members should also avoid unnecessary travel in high-risk locations for flooding and landslides, particularly in remote and rural areas.


Moderate
Mexico City: Multiple Casualties After Alleged Gang Members Attack Restaurant in Plaza Garibaldi, Mexico City

International media sources report that at least three people have been killed and seven others injured at an intersection on the edge of tourist Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City on Friday, 14 September. The incident occurred at around 1000hrs (UTC) when three men dressed as mariachi musicians attacked customers of a local restaurant. The assailants managed to escape the scene of the incident, and search operations are being conducted in order to apprehend them. Although it has not been confirmed, the attack may be a targeted killing related to cartel rivalries. According to authorities at least one of the victims has links to a major national trafficking group, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. Plaza Garibaldi borders one of Mexico City’s famous neighbourhoods, Tepito, home to the La Union gang. Tepito, which takes up a network of over a dozen streets just outside of the Centro Historico, is also known for its market where thieves and drug dealers operate.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members in the area should remain apprised of the latest security-related developments through local media sources, minimising non-essential travel in areas associated with high crime rates and heeding any directives issued by local authorities. Travellers are advised to regularly review security risk management protocols at worksites and residences to ensure they remain commensurate to the prevailing local threat environment.


Low
Israel: West Bank and Gaza Strip Border Crossings Closed Between 22 September and 1 October

Local media sources report that the West Bank and Gaza Strip border crossing with Israel will be temporarily closed between Saturday, 22 September, and Monday, 1 October, in relation to the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Heightened security measures will be in place at all border crossings on the aforementioned dates. It is however noted that West Bank border crossings will remain open between 25 September and 28 September. In recent years, Israeli authorities have regularly used the measure of restricting access to border crossings during Jewish holidays to mitigate security threats.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members in the region should take note of the closures and are advised to plan alternative routes where possible. Travellers should monitor local media sources for news of travel-related disruption.

 




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