Travel risk round-up: 3 May

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Guatemala: Reports of Ashfall in Escuintla Department after Volcanic Activity at Volcan de Fuego

According to social media reports, ash fall has been reported by residents in the municipalities of Siquinala and Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa in Escuintla department on Wednesday, 1 May after a number of strong explosions were heard emanating from Volcan de Fuego. No bulletins have yet been released by the National Coordination for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) or the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSUVIMEH) regarding the volcanic activity. The Volcan de Fuego is located on the borders of Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepequez departments.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members in Guatemala are advised to avoid the volcano and surrounding area due to the increase in volcanic activity. Monitor local media and official agency information from institutions such as CONRED and INSUVIMEH for the latest information on the volcanic activity. Strictly adhere to any directives or advisories issued from public bodies, including evacuation orders. Members conducting air travel into or out of Guatemala should check the status of their flights well in advance of departure due to the possibility of flight cancellations caused by volcanic ash clouds.

United States: Fatalities Reported following Shooting at University of North Carolina; Suspected Gunman in Custody

According to emerging media reports, two people have allegedly been killed and four others were hurt after shots were fired at the Charlotte campus of the University of North Carolina on Tuesday, 30 April. The incident reportedly occurred near the Kennedy Hall administrative building, where the suspected gunman was apprehended. Law enforcement officers are currently sweeping buildings across the campus, which reportedly remains on lockdown.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members should monitor local media sources for further updates on the incident and heed any directives issued by police and local authorities.

Cyprus: Further Body Found near Nicosia Amidst Hunt for Suspected Serial Killer’s Victims

According to regional media sources on Tuesday, 30 April, a fourth body has been found in Mitsero Red Lake near Nicosia, as security officers attempt to trace the victims of what’s believed to be Cyprus’ first serial killer. A man believed to be the assailant has allegedly confessed to the murders, however, investigations are ongoing. It is believed all of the victims were foreign nationals.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members are advised to maintain a high level of vigilance and report any suspicious activities or items to security forces immediately. Monitor local media for any further security developments such as ongoing security operations in their area.

Saudi Arabia: Rescue Efforts Underway following Reports of Oil Tanker in Distress off Jeddah

According to local media reports on Thursday, 2 May, authorities have stated that they are responding to an oil tanker in distress 70km (43 miles) off the coast of Jeddah. Local media has stated that a distress call was received from the Iranian vessel following an engine failure. Reports also suggest that the vessel, which was carrying over one million barrels of oil, may be leaking, however, authorities have stated that measures are being taken to prevent environmental impact without clarifying whether a leak had occurred.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members are advised to monitor local media for further developments on the situation and for any directives issued by authorities.

Croatia: Ongoing Emergency Service Operations Following Explosion in Zagreb

According to local media sources on Friday, 3 May, at approximately 0300hrs (0100 UTC), an explosion occurred at an apartment building located on Slavenskoga Street in Zagreb. Reports indicate that a member of the emergency services was injured after responding to the incident. It is not yet clear what has caused the blast. Although a bomb squad has been called to the scene there are no reasons to believe the blast was caused by explosive device or material. The building has suffered significant damage and the area has been closed off due to ongoing investigations.

Advice for businesses and travellers

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

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