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February 19 2020

Ongoing cholera outbreak in Ethiopia. Recurrent outbreaks of cholera in Ethiopia have resulted in the deaths of 76 people and infected thousands of others since April 2019. The Ethiopian Public Health Institute reports that the outbreak has been particularly severe in the Somali, Southern and Oromia regional states of the country. Other regions affected by the outbreak include Tigray, Amhara, Harar, and the capital, Addis Ababa. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, the cholera bacterium is usually found in water or food sources that have been contaminated by feces from a person infected with cholera and is unlikely to spread directly from one person to another. An outbreak is most likely to spread in places with poor sanitation, water treatment, and inadequate hygiene. Severe cases of cholera are characterized by watery diarrhea and vomiting, which, if left untreated, lead to rapid loss of body fluids and dehydration. If you are traveling to Ethiopia soon, exercise high levels of personal hygiene. Speak to your travel doctor before you depart to see if a cholera vaccine is recommended. If you get diarrhea, monitor your health closely and do not let it go untreated for too long – extreme cases can be deadly. Be extra cautious of where you eat, and only drink boiled or purified water. Say no to ice cubes in drinks. Carry hand sanitizer, and wash your hands whenever you can. Only eat food that is packaged or that has been freshly cooked and is served hot. Avoid fruit or vegetables that cannot be peeled, and don’t eat raw salads.

 

February 18 2020

Health and safety in Thailand. On 30 January 2020, the WHO delcared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that originally emerged in Wuhan, China. There are 33 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Thailand, and the number of cases spreading around the world are expected to increase. If you are traveling to Thailand soon, practice good hygiene, and if you begin to feel the symptoms of coronavirus, keep your distance from other people, cover all coughs and sneezes, and seek medical attention immediately.

February 17 2020

Storm Dennis causing disruptions across the UK. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for large parts of the UK as Storm Dennis passes over the region. Following Storm Ciara last week, which caused nearly 1 million power cuts and widespread travel disruption, Storm Dennis has led to a record number of flood alerts and warnings being put in place for England and Wales. Ongoing severe weather may cause further disruption to your flights or travel itinerary. Stay up to date with weather reports and contact your airline to find out if your flights have been canceled or delayed.

February 10 2020

Severe weather conditions on Australia’s east coast. Australia was on alert for fires early this year, and now the attention has turned to severe weather systems moving across the eastern states of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, plus a cyclone alert (which has since been downgraded) for the Pilbara region of Western Australia. In New South Wales, the regions of Sydney, the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains were soaked by between 200 and 400mm of rain from 9am Friday 7 February to 5pm Sunday 9 February. Emergency services responded to an incredibly high number of calls regarding flash flooding and landslides, and the wild weather caused transport delays in parts of the state. Keep an eye on the Bureau of Meteorology for weather warnings and predicted rainfall, as heavy rainfall is expected to fall throughout the week.

February 9 2020

Heavy rain and gusts of wind reaching more than 90mph brought widespread flooding and travel disruption as Storm Ciara hit the UK. Trees were toppled, buildings were damaged and some homes had to be evacuated as rivers burst their banks. Thousands of people were left without electricity and sporting events were cancelled due to the weather. Airlines also cancelled hundreds of flights, while several rail firms urged passengers not to travel. Ferry passengers also faced delays and cancellations, and drivers were warned to take extra care. Large parts of the UK were covered by an amber warning for very strong winds, with the Met Office advising that large waves in coastal areas and flying debris could cause injuries.

February 5 2020

Floods in the Southland region of New Zealand
Flash floods and torrential rain on New Zealand’s South Island have left several hundred tourists stranded, and forced residents in the area to evacuate their homes. Authorities have warned of more floods in the region due to rising water levels in the Mataura River. Many roads were blocked, and power supplies were disrupted in the affected areas, which included the popular travel destinations Milford Sound and Te Anau. Keep an eye on weather reports and monitor local news closely if you are in the region.

January 30 2020

An outbreak of Coronavirus in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province 
On 31 December 2019, the first case of a new type of Coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China. It is thought to have been contracted from exposure to animals at a seafood and meat market. The World Health Organization declared a global public health emergency on January 30 2020. The number of people infected by the virus is continuing to rise, and the death toll is also expected to increase. Cases have also been reported overseas. Multiple cities in China are in lock down to avoid an unprecedented spread of coronavirus. It is unknown how long the lockdown will be in place, so stay up to date with local news and media to be prepared for changes to transport schedules.

January 28 2020

7.7 magnitude earthquake in the Caribbean Islands 
On Tuesday, 28 January 2020, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck southwest of Niquero in Cuba and northwest of Montego Bay in Jamaica at around 2.10pm (local time). The quake had a shallow depth of 6mi (10km). Tremors were felt in Cuba’s eastern city of Santiago, in the Cayman Islands, far western Jamaica, and as far away as Miami in Florida. However, there are no initial reports of major damage or injuries. Shortly after the earthquake struck the Caribbean, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned of the potential for hazardous tsunami waves as high as 3ft (1m) along the coasts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands. A tsunami wave of 0.4 of a foot (0.11 of a meter) was officially observed at George Town in the Cayman Islands. Tsunami waves were not observed in Jamaica or the Dominican Republic, and the tsunami danger passed by 4pm local time on Tuesday.

January 19 2020

Coronavirus in China

On 31 December 2019, the first case of a new type of Coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China. It is thought to have been contracted from exposure to animals at a seafood and meat market. Since then, approximately 300 people have become infected with the virus, and cases have also been reported in the US, Thailand and Japan. If you have recently traveled to Wuhan or an area considered a threat, maintain your distance from other people, cover all coughs and sneezes with tissues or your clothing, and wash your hands consistently. Contact your doctor immediately. The WHO is meeting on 22 January 2020 to discuss whether the outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern and, if so, the recommendations for its management.

January 13 2020

Taal Volcano spews ash near Manila
Philippine authorities have urged a “total evacuation” of nearly half a million people near the capital Manila, after a volcano spewed ash up to nine miles (14 kilometers) into the air Sunday prompting warnings of a possible “explosive eruption

January 12 2020

Seismology bureau raised alert level for Taal Volcano 
Travelers who have plans to visit the Philippines or are currently in the country need to be aware of potential volcanic activity from Taal volcano, which is located 37mi (60km) south of Manila on the island of Luzon. On Sunday, 12 January 2020, the state seismology bureau raised the alert level for Taal volcano to level 4 following the expulsion of steam and ash.

January 8 2020

Ukrainian Boeing plane crashes in Iran
176 people dead. The victims include 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British nationals, according to Ukraine’s Foreign Minister

January 7 2020

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hits Puerto Rico

The quake, which struck at 4:24am, has caused widespread power outages, seriously damaged homes and buildings, and left much of the island without running water. Several aftershocks, ranging between 4.5 and 5.8, have occurred. This follows a 5.8 earthquake on Monday, January 6, that caused the collapse of Punta Ventana, a natural rock archway that was a major tourist attraction. Governor Vasquez has declared a state of emergency. The Caribbean is an active seismic zone, and further tremors are possible, as well as the potential for tsunamis. Be prepared for disruptions to travel plans, and contact your travel provider to see if schedules have changed.

January 6 2020

Puerto Rico rocked by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake
A damaging earthquake struck Puerto Rico early Monday, with plenty of aftershocks expected. The magnitude 5.8 tremor happened at 5:32 a.m. ET, the US Geological Survey said. It was centered about 8 miles south-southeast of Indios, Puerto Rico, at a depth of about 3.7 miles below ground

January 4 2020

Foreign Offices issue Iran and Iraq travel warning
Different countries urge their citizens to avoid all travel to Iraq, outside the Kurdistan region, and to avoid all but essential travel to Iran following the death of Qassem Soleimani.

January 3 2020

Australia’s ‘ferocious’ wildfires are going to get worse this weekend.
Thousands of tourists and residents evacuated parts of Australia on Friday as hot temperatures and strong winds were expected to worsen wildfire conditions over the weekend.

December 20 2019

Depression Elsa raged over Portugal
More than 5,400 occurrences, mostly tree falls, have been reported in mainland Portugal since Wednesday, following bad weather, according to the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC).2 persons have been reported dead, the alerts are still in place, until saturday Dec. 21st.

 December 19 2019

Australia heatwave
All-time temperature record broken again. A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales, Australia, amid fears a record-breaking heatwave will exacerbate the state’s bushfire crisis

December 11 2019

Australia is set for an intense bush fire season this summer
This summer, Australia is set for an intense bush fire season. Since the start of Australia’s 2019 bush fire season, 2.9 million hectares have burned on the east coast states of New South Wales and Queensland – 200,000 hectares have burned in Queensland, and 2.7 million hectares in NSW. It’s hard to grasp just how much damage these fires have caused, but as of the 10 December 2019, six people have died and more than 680 homes have been destroyed in New South Wales. While it looks like the whole country is burning, it’s not. Sydney, and the other urban areas which do not adjoin bushland areas, are safe. But be aware when traveling between towns, fires may cause road closures. If you are traveling to Australia over summer, make sure your plans are flexible. Fires spread fast, and sometimes these fires may cause the closure of main highways without warning. Download the Fires Near Me app, and keep a close eye on fire danger levels. If roads are closed, buses are rescheduled or trains are canceled, you will need to wait until the roads are open again

December 9 2019

Volcanic eruption on White Island 
Whakaari/White Island is New Zealand‘s most active cone volcano, and erupted without warning on Monday, 9 December 2019. The island lies 29mi (48km) off the east coast of the North Island, in the Bay of Plenty. It last erupted in 2001. At the time of the eruption, 47 people were on or near the island. Six people have been confirmed dead, eight people are missing, and 31 are in hospital. If you are on the North Island near the Bay of Plenty, police have advised that volcanic ash could pose a major health hazard.

December 6 2019

Measles outbreak in Samoa 

The government of Samoa has declared a state of emergency following 62 deaths linked to measles. There are restrictions on public gatherings, and schools have been closed. There have been 54 deaths including children who aged four or younger, and more than 4,000 cases have been reported since the outbreak began in October 2019. If you are traveling to Samoa soon, it is essential you make sure your vaccinations are up to date. This is particularly concerning in the island nation of Samoa, where approximately a third of its population of 200,000 is not vaccinated. Measles symptoms include a fever, red rash, tiredness, runny nose and dry cough.

 

December 5 2019

Protests in France 

Hundreds of flights have been canceled and other transport will be disrupted in France during a three-day strike, which started on 5 December, 2019. The strikes will affect air travel, trains, the Paris Metro and ferry services. Staff have walked out in protest at the Eiffel Tower, which has also been closed. If you are traveling around France during this time, stay away from political protests or demonstrations, avoid large crowds that may turn violent unexpectedly, and be prepared for disruptions to your schedule.

December 3 2019

Typhoon Kammuri 

Typhoon Kammuri (locally known as Typhoon Tisoy) has made landfall in the Philippines and is expected to track across the Central Philippines and southern Luzon in the next 24 hours. Before midnight on Monday 2 November 2019, more than 200,000 people had been evacuated. Flights have been canceled, and travelers should expect delays and disruption to travel plans throughout the week

November 30, 2019

By-elections in Nepal 

On November 30, 2019 there were by-elections in Nepal. Elections were held peacefully, despite three small-scale blasts that were reported near voting stations. Nobody was hurt. During election periods in Nepal, civil unrest and political demonstrations may arise.

November 26 2019

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has hit Albania

It brought down buildings and leaving people trapped under rubble. At least six people have died

November 25 2019

Storms to disrupt Thanksgiving travel in western and central U.S.Α. 

Millions of Americans will be dodging rain, snow, wind, and severe storms. 

November 22 2019 

French Riviera on weather alert
The Riviera is once again facing heavy rain and storms tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday). Meteo France have issued an Orange alert, which is the third highest level out of the four alert levels, for heavy rain, flooding and storms.

Protests in Colombia 
Protesters took to the streets of the Colombian capital, Bogotá, on November 21, 2019, frustrated by the slow rollout of the 2016 peace deal with the FARC rebels, and to protest against the current government. The protests were mostly peaceful until clashes broke out near Bogotá airport between protesters and riot police.

November 21 2019 

Measles outbreak in Samoa 
The government of Samoa has declared a state of emergency following 15 deaths linked to measles. There are restrictions on public gatherings, and schools have been closed. One adult and 14 children have died, and more than 1,000 cases have been reported. If you are traveling to Samoa soon, it is essential you make sure your vaccinations are up to date.

November 18 2019

Air Canada issues travel alerts for Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa

“Flights may be impacted by rain snow and subsequent Air Traffic control restrictions”

November 15 2019

Hong Kong Violent protests escalate affecting businesses and public transportation
Level 2 travel advisory warning

November 14 2019

Flooding in Venice 
Venice has recorded 6.1ft (1.87m) of water following days of heavy rain. These are the highest recorded water levels since 1966 when a whopping 6.3ft (1.94m) was recorded. The floods have caused millions of euros worth of damage, specifically to St Marks Basilica which has only been flooded six times in 900 years. If you are traveling to Venice soon, stay up to date with local news and be aware bad weather is forecast for the coming days.

November 12 2019

Civil unrest in Bolivia over political tensions 
Bolivia is experiencing civil unrest following a failed referendum, which has led to anti-government protests throughout the country. Political and social tension poses a serious risk to your personal safety if you are traveling in Bolivia. Be aware of large crowds congregating in urban areas, as these may turn violent unexpectedly. Stay away from protests or demonstrations.

November 11 2019

Catastrophic fire conditions in NSW, Australia 
Fires have destroyed 150 homes and killed three people in NSW during a catastrophic weekend of bushfires on Australia’s east coast. Strong winds and temperatures nearing 104ºF (40ºC) are forecast for Tuesday 12 November 2019 in the Greater Sydney and Greater Hunter region of NSW – this includes the Blue Mountains and Central Coast regions.

November 8 2019

Level 3 -Reconsider Travel to Bolivia
Recurring demonstrations, strikes, roadblocks and marches.

November 4 2019

Level 4 – Do Not Travel to Syria
Terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, armed conflict.

October 28 2019

Wildfires in California: a statewide emergency declared

Strong winds have spread wildfires in Northern and Southern California, destroying homes and land, and forcing 185,000 people to evacuate. There are blackouts in Northern California due to Pacific Gas & Electric Co shutting off power to two million people to avoid further fires being caused by fallen electric power lines. Strong winds are expected to last until Wednesday, so it’s important you listen to the advice of firefighters, and stay up to date with local news reports.

October 22 2019

Protests in Barcelona

Travelers should be aware of protests in Barcelona that have become violent. Protestors took to the streets after the sentencing of nine Catalan separatist leaders were prosecuted for sedition over the banned independence referendum in October 2017. The leaders have been handed lengthy 13 year prison sentences, which has outraged their supporters.

October 21 2019

Riots in Chile over income inequality

The Chilean government has declared a state of emergency in the country.  Violent riots broke out over the weekend in Santiago and other major cities, as protests against income inequality and a rise in transport fees got out of control.

October 10 2019

State of emergency over fuel subsidies in Ecuador  

Ecuador has declared a state of emergency following violent fuel price protests that broke out after the Ecuadorian president’s decision to end subsidies for fuel after 40 years. Diesel and petrol prices are expected to rise dramatically. It is important travelers are aware of this situation, and stay up to date to avoid any trouble. At this stage there are no official warnings in place, however there are significant transport delays and strikes.

Typhoon Hagibis  in Japan

Super typhoon Hagibis is expected to bring torrential rain and sustained winds of 120mph as it hits Japan, with gusts close to 149mph. If you are in Japan for the Rugby World Cup, talk to your accommodation staff or tour operator about their emergency plans and locations of typhoon shelters if you need to seek shelter.

September 28 2019

Protests in Hong Kong

Protests are planned for the weekend of 28 September and the 1 October National Day public holiday.  Stay away from crowds of demonstrators. Be aware of disruption to your travel plans or expect significant traffic delays if you are traveling around Hong Kong on these dates.

September 23 2019

Travel giant Thomas Cook has ceased trading

 An estimated 150,000 Britons abroad awaiting repatriation. Check your travel plans if booked through Thomas Cook.

September 21 2019

Tear gas fired in Egypt

 Tear gas has been fired to disperse protesters in Egypt, at some of the first demonstrations since President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi took power in 2014. Hundreds of Egyptians filled Tahrir Square in Cairo – a key site of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution – demanding his resignation. Demonstrations also reportedly took place elsewhere around the country. There have been some arrests, but other people remain on the streets. 

Bus bombing kills 12 people near Iraqi city of Kerbala

A bus bombing killed at least 12 people and wounded several others on Friday near Iraq’s holy city of Kerbala, south of Baghdad, a statement from Iraqi security services said. Such attacks in the mostly Shi’ite Muslim south of Iraq have been rare in recent years, especially after the territorial defeat of Islamic State in Iraq in 2017 and the routing of its al Qaeda predecessors in the mid-2000s.

September 9 2019

Bushfires in Queensland Australia

Peregian Beach and Marcus Beach residents have been told to evacuate in a northerly direction towards Noosa.

Typhoon Faxai

Typhoon Faxai is bearing down on Japan, bringing strong winds and heavy rain, causing flooding and havoc to transport systems in Tokyo. If you are in Japan, stay up to date with local news reports and monitor the situation.

September 1st 2019

Hurricane Dorian a Category 5 storm

Hurricane Dorian strengthened into a powerful Category 5 storm as it bore down on the Bahamas Sunday morning with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph. More than 20 million Americans could feel the storm’s impact within a few days. 

 

 August 24 2019

Wildfires across  Indonesia

Close to 700 hotspots have been identified in fire-prone regions  in Sumatra  Kalimantan and the Riau Islands. 

 

August 23 2019

Wildfires continue to rage in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest

Two states in the Amazon have already declared state of emergency: Acre and Amazonas. 

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