Travel risk round-up: Wednesday 6 June

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Strong dust storm results in several fatalities and infrastructure damage in Lahore, Pakistan

Local media sources report that on Tuesday, 5 June, at least four people died and 13 others have been injured as a result of a dust storm which occurred in Lahore at approximately 1845hrs (1345 UTC). Official sources declared that the death toll is likely to increase. The strong wind followed by heavy rainfall and a thunderstorm has also triggered traffic disruption across the city. Cancellations and delays have been reported at the Allama Iqbal International Airport (LHE). Power outages have been reported in the Lahore’s residential areas of Garhi Shahu, Dharampur, Davis Road, Allama Iqbal road, Sahafi Colony, and Harbanspura. The Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) has confirmed that repair works are underway to restore electricity in the aforementioned areas.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Travellers in Lahore are advised to pay close attention to local media sources for weather-related updates. Both overland and air journeys should be reviewed to ensure that they are not affected by the weather system. Monitor local media for further travel updates.

 

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Demonstrations against sexism at schools planned in Santiago, 6 June, Chile

On Wednesday, 6 June, teachers, feminist organisations and other civic groups have organised demonstrations in central Santiago. Protesters will gather at 1100hrs (1500 UTC) at Plaza Italia. Attendees will mobilise against a national school system in which sexist teaching practices and patriarchal indoctrination is perceivedly taking place. Similar demonstrations will occur simultaneously in major urban centres across the country.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members are advised to remain clear of any political gathering in order to mitigate against unruly crowd behaviour. Those in Santiago should expect localised overland travel disruption in the vicinity of the aforementioned areas due to large political gatherings and increased security presence. Keep apprised of any further update by monitoring local media sources.

 

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Travel disruption anticipated in Moscow during Russia Day celebrations on 11 and 12 June, Russia

The national holiday to mark Russia Day falls on Tuesday, 12 June and Monday 11, June will also be a public holiday across the country. A number of parades, ceremonies and festivals are due to take place across Moscow and other urban centres to mark the event, and many major roads will be closed down and restrictions put in place. Public transport, such as suburban trains, will be operating on weekend timetables. Business and other public offices may be closed as workers are given time off for the public holiday.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members in Moscow and other urban centres in Russia should be prepared for travel disruption and should review any overland journeys planned for the 11 and 12 June, as itineraries may need to be amended. Monitor local media and other publications for the latest information on locations of events and likely associated disruption. Any directives issued by local authorities should be adhered to and any temporary traffic measures obeyed. Check timetables if planning to use public transport and be mindful of closures to embassies, shops, businesses and other private and public offices.

 

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Several fatalities after bus and train collide in Kigoma region, Tanzania

At least ten people are reported to have been killed and more than 20 others injured after a bus collided into a cargo train in the Gungu area of Kigoma region early on Wednesday, 6 June. The bus was travelling from Kigoma town to Nzega in the Tabora region when the accident happened, but no further details have been confirmed about how the accident occurred.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Road accidents are relatively common in Tanzania, due to a combination of erratic local driving habits, poor road conditions and lack of proper vehicle maintenance. Public transport is considered largely unsafe due to unreliability, overcrowding and poor safety standards. Self-driving is not recommended for those unfamiliar with local driving conditions and members utilising private transport providers should ensure that they utilise reputable companies with proven safety records and maintenance history.

 

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Turkish forces carry out airstrike against PKK targets in Northern Iraq

Turkish military officials reported on Wednesday, 6 June, that Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) had killed six members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and destroyed 16 PKK military targets in northern Iraq. The airstrikes were reported to have taken place in the Hakurk, Gara, Metina, Zap, Qandil and Avasin Basyan regions. Turkey is reportedly debating on whether to launch a larger-scale operation against PKK headquarters located in the strategic Qandil Mountains.

Advice to businesses and travellers

The Iraqi-Turkish border remains a focal point of Turkish and Kurdish conflict and as such any non-essential travel to the area should be avoided. Any operationally-critical deployments in the area should ensure that all movements are subject to stringent journey management procedures and conducted in liaison with local authorities and security forces in order to avoid areas of ongoing security operations.