Travel risk round-up: 6 September

Your risk round-up for the past week.

Moderate
Japan: Typhoon Jebi Leaves Several Dead and Widespread Damage to Infrastructure

According to reports from international news sources on Wednesday, 5 September, Typhoon Jebi has left at least ten people dead and three hundred injured, as well as causing significant damage to homes and infrastructure. The typhoon, which has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, hit the region on Tuesday, 4 September causing widespread flooding and damage from high winds. Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Osaka remains closed with passengers being ferried to Kobe, no plans to resume service at KIX have yet been announced. Up to 2.4 million homes were without power and 16,000 people spent the night in shelters. Power has now been restored to around half the homes affected.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Those in Japan are advised to monitor local media sources for further 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. Those intending to fly from or into Japanese airports in the region are advised to contact their travel provider to ascertain the status of their flights. Drivers should exercise a heightened degree of caution in flood-affected areas due to likely hazardous conditions caused by flooding and debris.


High
Yemen: Dozens of Houthis, Iranians and Hezbollah Elements Killed During Conflict with Yemeni Forces in Marran District, Saada

According to local media sources on Tuesday, 4 September, a number of Houthi and Hezbollah fighters and Iranian military experts were reported to have been killed during battles with the Yemeni Army on the 2-3 September, in Marran District, Saada Governorate. Marran has been the location for a series of intense battles for the previous week amid an operation launched by the Yemeni Army against the Houthi militia, whose stronghold is in Saada.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Due to the ongoing conflict, Yemen remains an extremely high-risk environment and as such members should reconsider all non-essential travel to the country at this time. Operationally-critical travel should only be conducted with maximum security provisions in place and all movements outside secure compounds should only be conducted following a thorough localised risk assessment. Minimise time spent in the vicinity of checkpoints, security forces headquarters and government buildings, as these are the favoured targets for militant attacks.


Low
Norway: Multiple Fatalities after RTI near Rjukan, Telemark Region

According to local news sources on Sunday, 2 September, four people have been killed and one other injured after a road traffic incident (RTI) on the Fv651 between Rjukan and Gaustatoppen, Telemark Region. The stretch of road between these places are steep and full of sharp turns, which can be a reason for the car crashing into the mountainside. The official cause of the accident is unknown at this time. Emergency responders are at the scene, and the Fv651 between these places will be closed until Sunday evening.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Members in the Telemark region are advised to avoid the Fv651 highway in the immediate term and monitor local media sources for further travel-related updates. Travellers should plan alternative routes to avoid the area where possible and anticipate delays in the immediate term.


Low
Puerto Rico: Multiple Power Outages Reported Nationwide

According to local media sources and to local utility providers on Friday, 31 August, power outages have been reported in multiple sectors of Puerto Rico, including Aguadilla, Bayamon, Jayuya and Canovanas sectors. The causes of the outage are currently under investigations as engineers work to resume the power supply. More information is awaited.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Those in Puerto Rico should review business and travel contingency plans in light of the outages and monitor local media for updates on the situation and latest information on the restoration of power.


Moderate
Egypt: Dozens Killed Following Security Operations across Sinai Peninsula

Media sources reported on Wednesday, 29 August, of an air strike on suspected militant targets in western Sinai Peninsula. According to the military source, the air strike was part of ongoing operations to rid the area of suspected Islamic State militants known to operate in the area and who have waged years of attacks on security forces and civilians, killing hundreds. Another 13 militants were killed amid shootouts with security forces in North Sinai and an area of central Sinai while 18 others were arrested, it added.

Advice for businesses and travellers

Due to the threat of militancy and military operations in the country, members with critical travel needs in Sinai should subject all their movements to a location-specific threat assessment and conduct strict risk management procedures in coordination with a trusted security provider. Travellers should minimise the time spent in the vicinity of security forces patrols and positions, as these are regularly targeted in attacks.