Travel risk round-up: 10 May

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Pakistan: Multiple Fatalities Reported after Explosion in Lahore

According to regional media sources on Wednesday, 8 May, nine people – five policeman and three civilians – are believed to have been killed and a further 26 injured after an explosion occurred in Lahore. Pakistani officials believe a suicide bombing to be the origin of the blast, although this is unconfirmed. Reportedly, the explosion targeted an Elite Force van which was detailed to the security of the Data Darbar shrine in Lahore, one of the country’s most visited shrines. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the blast, and recovery operations and investigations are underway. A heightened security presence should be expected in the immediate term.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members are advised to avoid the vicinity of the incident scene in the immediate term until the situation has been clarified by authorities. Travellers are further advised to maintain a heightened sense of situational awareness and remain alert to any emergency directives issued by authorities.


Low
Germany: Injuries Reported following Shooting in Schoneberg Area of Berlin

According to regional media sources on Friday, 10 May, at least one person has been admitted to hospital in a serious condition, following a shooting on the evening of Thursday, 9 May, in the Schoneberg area of Berlin. The incident happened following a physical altercation with another customer, who then shot the victim. It’s believed at least one further person sustained minor injuries during the incident. Localised disruption can be expected in the immediate term, especially in the Kurfurstenstrasse area.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Those in Berlin should avoid the vicinity of the incident due to ongoing operations and should anticipate traffic disruption in the immediate future. Members should monitor local media sources for further information and heed any directives issued by the authorities.


Moderate
Burkina Faso: Health Worker Abducted by Militants in Nafo, Bam Province

According to local media reports, a health worker was abducted by unidentified militants in Nafo, Bam province, on Monday, 6 May. The incident took place at a health centre when dozens of militants robbed the pharmaceutical depot and stole the CSPS ambulance. Further information is awaited.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members with operationally critical requirements in Bam province should conduct a thorough localised threat assessment and ensure that all travel is undertaken in coordination with local security forces and a trusted private security provider. Security and crisis management procedures should be continually reviewed and updated so as to remain commensurate with the local threat environment.


Moderate
Paraguay: State of Emergency Declared in Neembucu Province following Flooding

According to regional media sources on Thursday, 9 May, a state of emergency has been announced in the province of Neembucu after torrential rainfall caused severe flooding. It is believed that at least 40,000 Paraguayans have been forced to evacuate their homes as a result of the rising flood waters, with at least 11,000 of those coming from the capital Asuncion. Rains have also caused the Paraguay River to reach dangerous levels, with water levels reaching 6.75 metres (22ft), compared to the norm of 4 metres (13ft).

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members in Neembucu are advised to familiarise themselves with emergency protocols, exercise a heightened level of situational awareness when travelling and avoid flooded areas as much as possible, moving to higher ground if necessary. Personnel should monitor local media for weather-related updates, heeding any directives issued by authorities.


Low
Poland: Dozens of Schools in Pomeranian and Kujawsko-Pomorskie Provinces Evacuated following Alleged Bomb Threats

According to regional media sources on Tuesday, 7 April, at least 43 schools in the provinces of Pomeranian and Kujawsko-Pomorskie have been evacuated, following a number of alleged bomb threats. Overland disruption should be expected in the proximity of affected schools throughout the two provinces, as emergency services determine if the threats are genuine.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Those in the aforementioned provinces should avoid the vicinity of the incidents due to ongoing operations and should anticipate traffic disruption in the immediate future. Members should monitor local media sources for further information and heed any directives issued by the authorities.


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