Travel risk round-up: 31 May

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United States: Injuries Reported Following Tornados in Ohio

According to local media reports, at least seven people were left injured, dozens of homes damaged and over 80,000 people were without power after several tornadoes hit Ohio on Monday evening, 27 May. Two large and destructive tornadoes were reported, the first tornado hit Dayton in Montgomery County, while the second occurred in Celina in Mercer County. Emergency operations are ongoing in the areas.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members should closely monitor local media sources for weather-related updates and heed all directives issued by local authorities, paying particular attention to shelter-in-place instructions in the event of further tornadoes.


Moderate
Japan: Multiple Casualties in Stabbing Attack in Tama Ward, Kawasaki City

Local media sources on Tuesday, 28 May, report that an earlier stabbing incident in the Tama Ward area of Kawasaki City has left three dead and 16 injured. The deceased include a sixth-grade elementary school student, a man in his 30s and the attacker, while the injured include 15 elementary school students and an adult. Kanagawa Prefectural police officials said many of the victims were waiting at a school bus stop near Noborito Station when the attack occurred. The attacker, a man said to be in his 50s, died as a result of a self-inflicted stab wound to his neck.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Those in the affected area should avoid the vicinity of the incident due to ongoing operations and motorists should plan alternative routes if necessary. Members should monitor local media sources for further information.


Moderate
Turkey: Hundred People Fall Ill Following Chemical Leakage in Antalya

According to local media sources on Tuesday, 28 May, as many as a hundred people were poisoned following the leakage of a chlorine tank at a hotel pool in the city of Antalya. The incident occurred at 2230hrs (1930 UTC) in the Konyaalti district after staff overfilled a chlorine tank. Local residents were forced to leave their houses due to feeling ill. Local emergency services arrived on the scene shortly after and administered medical help. Seven people were hospitalised . Emergency services finished cleaning up the area at approximately 0300hrs (0000 UTC). Residual operations are possible.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Those in Antalya should avoid the vicinity of the incident and heed any directives issued by the authorities including evacuation orders. Members should monitor local media sources for further information.


High
Afghanistan: Several Killed and Injured Following IED Blast In PD5 West Kabul

According to local media sources on Thursday, 30 May, at least six people were killed and a further six injured in a suicide bomb attack at the entrance of the Marshal Fahim Military Academy located on Qargha Road in Police District 5 in Kabul. The suicide bomber triggered the improvised explosive device (IED) after being spotted by one of the attendees at the academy. Most of those injured are reportedly military cadets. No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack. Local security forces and emergency services are currently conducting operations in the area.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Those in Kabul should avoid the vicinity of the incident due to the possibility of further violence and report any suspicious persons to the authorities. Members of the public should monitor local media sources for further information and heed any directives issued by the authorities.


Low
Palestinian Territories & Israel: Injuries Reported following Stabbing Attack at Jerusalem’s Old City

According to local media reports on Friday, 31 May, at least two people were injured during a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City. Reports suggest that an assailant carried out the attack in the vicinity of the Damascus Gate and that the attacker had also attempted to stab a police officer before being fired upon by security forces. It is unclear if the assailant was killed or wounded by police. A heightened security presence has been reported in the vicinity of the Damascus Gate and throughout the Old City following the attack.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Personnel should minimise time spent in the vicinity of security checkpoints, transportation hubs, road junctions, Jewish settlements and Palestinian refugee camps, as these are frequent conflict flashpoints. Members should be aware that Israeli-led security operations, which have the potential to disrupt travel arrangements, are liable to occur without warning in the West Bank, especially outside of daylight hours.


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