Travel risk round-up: 19 July

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Philippines: Soldiers Killed in NPA Ambush in Cotabato Province

According to local media sources, at least two Philippine Army soldiers were killed in a New People’s Army (NPA) ambush on Wednesday, 17 July, in Arakan, Cotabato province. The NPA militants ambushed the soldiers as they were travelling on a motorcycle in barangay Kinawayan. Additional military resources have been dispatched to the area. 

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members should monitor local media sources for further updates on the incident and associated security operations, and heed any directives issued by security forces and the local authorities. Members in areas of the country where the NPA are known to operate are advised to subject all operations to a thorough location-specific threat assessment and should ensure that risk mitigation measures commensurate to the local security environment are in place.

Puerto Rico: Police Deploy Pepper Spray During Clashes With Protesters in San Juan

According to reports from local news and social media sources on Sunday, 14 July, police have deployed pepper spray during clashes with protesters in San Juan. Protesters have taken to the streets to call for the resignation of the Governor, Ricardo Rossello, following the leak of controversial social media messages and also the recent indictment for corruption of two former officials of Governor Rosselo’s administration. Reports state that police deployed pepper spray after protesters began throwing stones and damaging property.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members should avoid all demonstrations and large crowds as they carry a security risk. Travellers should monitor local media and news in case of any further updates on the situation and maintain strong situational awareness.

Tuvalu: Authorities Issue Warning due to Dengue Fever Outbreak

According to local media sources on Monday, 15 July, authorities with the Ministry of Health have issued a warning due to a recent outbreak of Dengue Fever on the island. Thus far, two children have been killed by the virus in the past three months. Teams were spraying schools and other hotspots and water tanks were being treated for larvae. Authorities believe the increase is due to the island nation seeing the highest rainfall between the wet and dry seasons in ten years.

Advice for businesses and travellers

As there is no curative treatment for dengue, preventative measures and early detection are considered the best practices to minimise contraction. Members are advised to use DEET-based mosquito repellent and wear long, loose clothing to prevent mosquito bites; premises should be checked on a daily basis for potential mosquito breeding habitats. Travellers are also advised to monitor the local media to remain abreast of outbreak-related developments and other public health announcements.

Taiwan: Authorities Move Thousands, Cancel Domestic Flights ahead of Typhoon Danas Expected Impact on the Southern Region

In reports by local media sources on Wednesday, 17 July, Taiwanese authorities have moved thousands of people from Green island, off the southeastern city of Taitung. The centre of Danas is currently 470 km (292 miles) southeast of Taiwan moving in a northwest direction towards the Hengchun Peninsula at 18 km/h (11 mph). Around two dozen domestic flights and ferry services have been cancelled ahead of the storm’s arrival. Troops are also on standby in some areas amid fears of heavy rain, which will likely trigger landslides and flooding.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members in affected areas are advised to monitor local media sources for the latest weather-related updates and to remain apprised of disruption and warnings in their particular area of operations. Travellers should heed any directives issued by local authorities, including evacuation orders.

United Kingdom: Multiple Injuries Reported After Two-Car Collision in Stevenage

According to media reports, a two-car collision on Thursday, 18 July at a car meet event in Stevenage has left 14 people injured. Reports indicate that some of the injured were spectators on the side of the road at the event. Authorities have responded to the scene, and those injured have been taken to hospital. Further information is awaited about the circumstances that caused the collision.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members in Stevenage should heed directives by local authorities and avoid the proximity of the incident. Monitor local media sources for further updates.