Travel risk round-up: 12 July

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storm in Halkidiki causing a tree to fall and destroy a campers tent and equipment

Greece: Multiple Fatalities Feared following Intense Storms in Halkidiki Region

According to international media sources, at least four people are feared dead as of Wednesday, 10 July, following intense rain, wind and hail storms in Halkidiki region, northern Greece. Dozens more are feared injured as a result of intense weather conditions. Authorities stated that one person was killed in Nea Plagia after a roof collapsed on a local restaurant and two others were killed as a result of a tree collapsing near a hotel in the area of Potidea. Furthermore, one person was killed after strong winds swept his trailer away elsewhere in the region. Allegedly, the country’s General Secretariat for Civil Protection (GSCP) and the Central Macedonia region are working to alert all necessary services in the region in-light of the storm. Further information is awaited.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members are advised to remain abreast of weather-related developments and review contingency measures to minimise the impact on business continuity. Personnel in flood-affected areas are further advised to remain in a secure location and heed associated instructions issued by authorities.

Afghanistan: Multiple Fatalities and Dozens Wounded in Suicide Bombing at Wedding in Nangarhar Province

According to local and social media reports, at least five people have died and more than 40 have been injured after a suicide bombing took place at a wedding ceremony in Nangarhar province in the early hours of Friday morning, 12 July. The attack occurred in the Pachir Aw Agam district as guests gathered to celebrate the wedding of the son of a local pro-government militia leader. The bombing was reportedly carried out by a minor. The death toll could rise, and some reports suggest that at least ten people have been killed. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Afghanistan remains an extremely high-risk operational environment, and deployments should only be undertaken with the strictest possible security risk management procedures in place. Members should maintain a low profile and use a vetted security provider that offers close protection and emergency response services. Minimise time spent in the vicinity of security checkpoints, security headquarters and government buildings, as these are among the primary targets for militant attacks.

Papua New Guinea: Multiple Fatalities Following Suspected Tribal Attacks in Hela Province

According to media reports on Wednesday, 10 July, as many as 24 people have been killed following a spate of violence between rival tribes in the Highlands area of Hela province. It is indicated that seven people were killed in Munima village on Sunday, 7 July, whilst at least 16 people were killed in Karida village, both located in Tari-Pori district. Local authorities have claimed the attacks were carried out by gunmen from the Hagui, Okiru and Liwi tribes. An additional 100 police officers have been deployed to prevent further hostilities.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members travelling to Papua New Guinea’s more unstable areas such as Hela province are advised to operate under strict security management protocols and should maintain a high level of vigilance. Any travel should be conducted in liaison with local security officials, particularly in remote areas. Contingency measures should be continually reviewed and updated to ensure that they remain commensurate with the local threat environment.

Iran: Magnitude 5.7 Earthquake Near Masjed Soleyman, Khuzhestan Province

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS) a Magnitude 5.7 earthquake occurred at 0700 UTC on Monday, 8 July, approximately 28 km (17 miles) south-east of the city of Masjed Soleyman, Khuzhestan Province. The quake had a depth of 10 km (6 miles). Reports from local media sources state that infrastructure in Masjed Soleyman including roads and a hospital has been severely damaged. Unconfirmed reports state that at least one person was killed and 37 others were injured. Imagery indicates that several properties roofs collapsed and reined debris onto the streets, trapping and injuring bystanders. Local emergency services are currently conducting operations in the area.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members in the area should be mindful of potential aftershocks in the medium term and are advised to monitor local media sources to remain apprised of any earthquake-related developments in their particular area of operations. Members are further advised to heed emergency directives issued by authorities, including evacuation orders.

United States: Thunderstorms Prompt Hundreds of Flight Delays and Multiple Cancellations in Miami and Fort Lauderdale Airports

Regional media sources have reported that thunderstorms have prompted around 200 flights delays and at least eight cancellations on Monday, 8 July. In Miami International Airport (MIA), 40 flights have been delayed thus far, with a further 166 being delayed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). It is currently unclear as to how long the airports expect the weather to be impacting operations. Further news is awaited.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Those travelling via FLL and MIA are advised to re-confirm the status of their flight prior to travel. Those in Chicago are advised to closely monitor weather-related developments through local media and follow any directives issued by local authorities. Motorists are advised to exercise heightened caution on the roads due to likely hazardous driving conditions resulting from the storm.