Travel risk round-up: 22 August

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Travel risk round up 22 Aug

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Tanzania: World Health Organisation Issues Ebola High Risk Alert Following Outbreak in DRC

A Tanzanian government senior official said on Tuesday, 21 August, that the country has been placed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as having a high risk of Ebola outbreak. The Ebola Virus Disease has killed 50 out of 91 patients in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The nation’s Minister for Health said the high risk categorization followed the WHO’s new statistics showing that the new outbreaks in the DRC have occurred in regions closest to Tanzania than previous cases, including North Kivu and Ituri.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members travelling to Tanzania should remain apprised of Ebola-related developments as a precautionary measure. Travellers to the region should continue to follow advice from health officials; frequent hand-washing and abstaining from consuming bush meat can help to minimise the risk of exposure to the virus. Travellers should be aware that additional screening measures, which were implemented in response to the initial outbreak, may still be in place at international ports of neighbouring countries.


 

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Iraq: Over 1,000 Taken Ill following Contamination of Drinking Water in Basra Province

More than 1,000 have been taken ill following the suspected contamination of drinking water in Basra province in the country’s southeast, according to a statement released by the Department of Public Health on Monday, 20 August. Suspected bacterial infections have been blamed for the illnesses, with most victims reportedly treated. Basra province has seen significant protests since July over poor service delivery.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members are advised to avoid drinking tap water and should also avoid drinking beverages with ice. Members should consume only bottled water and drinks and should ensure that the seal has not been tampered with. Members are advised to monitor local media for further updates and possible protests.


 

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Kenya: Traffic Disruptions Planned During Nairobi Rush Hour in Protest over Fuel Price Hikes, 22 August

Plans are underway by the Kenya Motorists Association to bring Nairobi to a standstill by parking thousands of vehicles on city roads on Wednesday, 22 August to protest a move by the government to introduce taxes levied on fuel. The protest against the VAT high fuel prices has been extended to three hours from 0730-1030 hrs (UTC 0430-0730). Motorists have been directed to park their vehicles in the middle of the roads and walk away with other pedestrians in protest. The increased levy on fuel products has been protested since its announcement by the treasury cabinet.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Those in Nairobi should anticipate a surge in demand for alternative means of transport during the strike, leading to significant disruption to overland travel throughout the city. Members are advised to revise journey plans accordingly in order to minimise the impact on business continuity. Travellers in Kenya are advised to avoid any political protests or demonstrations due to the risk of exposure to incidental violence, opportunistic crime and heavy-handed police response.


 

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Serbia: Police Shut Down Far-Right Paramilitary Camp on Mount Zlatibor

On Friday, 17 August, members of the national security forces dismantled a paramilitary training camp run by Slavic extremist groups in a high area of the Mount Zlatibor, southeast of Belgrade. According to local sources, multiple youths were reportedly receiving military training and pan-Slavic indoctrination workshops at the facilities. Reports indicate that other similar initiatives run with Russian funds in Balkan country.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members in-country should remain highly aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious item or activity to the security forces. It is recommended to understand the local security scenario prior to travel into the country; avoid political or religious conversations with strangers. Keep monitoring local sources for further updates.


 

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United States: Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Reported near Tanaga Volcano, Alaska

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) on Wednesday, 15 August, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake has struck 67km (41.63 Miles) south of Tanaga Volcano, Alaska. The quake reportedly occurred at a depth of 35Km (21.74 miles) at 1356hrs (2156 UTC). No significant damage or casualties have been reported at this stage. This is the second earthquake of this magnitude in the area in two weeks.

Advice to 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 remain alert to any emergency directives issued by authorities.