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01 Dec 2017

Indonesia: Lombok: Airport closure extended; continue to defer all travel amid ongoing volcanic activity at Mount Agung (Revised)

Lombok International Airport (LOP, West Nusa Tenggara province) will remain closed until at least 14.00 (local time) on 1 December due to volcanic ash caused by increased activity at the Mount Agung volcano (Bali province). The closure may further be extended depending on the direction of ash cloud movement. Further intermittent and short-notice closures of the airport are likely. Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), which serves Bali's capital Denpasar, remains open.

Advice

  • Continue to defer all travel to Bali and Lombok until the volcanic activity subsides due to short-notice and intermittent disruption to air travel, potentially lasting up to several days.
  • Reconfirm the status of flights with Lombok (+62 370 6157000) and Ngurah Rai (also known as Denpasar International Airport, +62 361 9351011 – available 24 hours; wait until you hear English instructions) airports or your airline. Your travel agency can assist with alternative arrangements if your flight is cancelled.
  • Refer to our detailed report on Mount Agung for further information and advice.
  • Monitor our alerts on Indonesia for further updates.

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01 Dec 2017

Pakistan: Peshawar: Continue to avoid Agriculture Directorate until clearance operation following attack ends (Revised)

At least nine people were killed and 35 others injured in an attack on 1 December at the Agriculture Directorate building on University Road in Peshawar (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province). The security forces killed all four assailants. University Road remains closed as a search and clearance operation is under way. Members should continue to avoid the area until the operation ends.

Advice

  • Continue to avoid the Agriculture Directorate, which is located next to the University of Agriculture, and surrounding areas until the clearance operation ends. Follow all security force directives.
  • Business-critical travel to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province can continue, though requires a pre-travel threat assessment as part of a comprehensive security programme.
  • Minimise time spent near likely targets for militant attacks, both stationary and in transit. These include government and security personnel and infrastructure, Shia Muslim and Christian religious gatherings, and densely populated and unsecured areas, such as markets.
  • Monitor our alerts on Pakistan for further updates.

More detail

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP, Pakistani Taliban) claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes amid heightened security for Eid Milad-un-Nabi, the Islamic holiday marking the birth of the prophet Muhammad (see our separate report on this). Militant groups such as the TTP regularly carry out attacks in Peshawar and surrounding areas, where the security presence is heavier than in other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The primary targets of such attacks are government and military personnel and infrastructure, Shia Muslim and Christian religious gatherings, and densely populated and unsecured areas. However, foreigners have also been directly targeted in some instances.

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29 Nov 2017

United States: Reno (Nevada state): Travel can resume in downtown area following shooting; expect localised disruption during ongoing investigations (Revised)

Travel can resume in downtown Reno (Nevada state), following a shooting in the Montage Apartments area on the evening of 28 November. The assailant had fired shots from the building onto the surrounding street and held a woman hostage. He was shot by the police and subsequently succumbed to his injuries; no other casualties were reported. The authorities said there was no further threat in the area. However, a heightened security presence and road closures associated with ongoing investigations are likely to cause localised disruption in the coming hours. The identity and motive of the assailant remains unclear at this time.

Advice

  • While travel can continue in downtown Reno, expect disruption near the Montage Apartments as the police investigate the incident.
  • Anticipate road closures to persist in the short term around the affected area. Allow additional time for journeys.
  • Follow all directives issued by the authorities.

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27 Nov 2017

Indonesia: Bali, Lombok: Continue to defer non-essential travel due to increased volcanic activity; Denpasar airport closed (Revised)

The authorities have closed Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS, Bali province), which serves the provincial capital Denpasar, until at least 07.00 (local time) on 28 November due to renewed volcanic activity at Mount Agung (Bali). However, Lombok International Airport (LOP, West Nusa Tenggara province) reopened at 06.00 (local time) on 27 November. Members with inflexible itineraries or those operating within strict time frames should continue to defer travel to Bali and Lombok until the volcanic activity subsides. All other travel to Bali and Lombok should be for essential purposes only due to likely short-notice and intermittent disruption to air travel.

Advice

  • Defer travel to Bali and Lombok until the volcanic activity subsides if you have inflexible itineraries or if you are operating within strict time frames.
  • All other travel to Bali and Lombok should be for essential purposes only due to short-notice and intermittent disruption to air travel, potentially lasting up to several days.
  • Reconfirm the status of flights with Ngurah Rai International Airport (also known as Denpasar International Airport, +62 361 9351011 – available 24 hours; wait until you hear English instructions) or your airline. Reconfirm the status of flights with Lombok airport (+62 370 6157000). Your travel agency can assist with alternative arrangements if your flight is cancelled.
  • Those currently in Bali or Lombok do not need to leave. However, abide by all directives issued by the authorities, including staying out of the designated exclusion zone and deferring travel to the volcano.
  • Monitor the status of Mount Agung closely via the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB)'s website. In Denpasar, the BNPB contact details are: +62 361 223333.
  • Monitor our alerts on Indonesia for further updates.

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More detail

The closure of Denpasar airport will be reviewed every six hours. It came after the BNPB raised the alert status for Mount Agung to Level IV ('Beware', the highest on a four-tier scale), meaning that there is an imminent risk of eruption. Ash plumes reaching 25,000 feet (7,600 metres) have been reported. The aviation warning level around Bali remains at the highest (red) level to allow airlines to alter routes as a precaution.

While Lombok airport has reopened following its closure on 26 November, precedents suggest that airlines are unlikely to resume full operations at the facility in the coming days, or until there is a decrease in volcanic activity. China and Singapore have issued travel advisories warning of potential disruption to air travel as a result of the eruption.

In-country members

The exclusion zone currently stands at five miles (8km) in all directions from the volcano’s crater, with the exception of points to the north, north-east, south-east, south and south-west of Agung, where the exclusion zone extends to six miles (10km). No tourist or public activities are allowed within this zone, which includes parts of Bebandem, Kubu, Selat and Rendang districts (all Karangasem regency).

A state of emergency has been in place on the island since late September. However, this has had limited impact on travel or business activity on the island. Except for the areas within the radius of Mount Agung's exclusion zone, normal business and tourism activities continue in other parts of Bali, including in the Candidasa area (Karangasem).

Denpasar, Nusa Dua, South Bali and other locations

Mount Agung is 38 miles (61km) north-east of Denpasar, 45 miles (73km) north-east of Kuta, the main tourist area on the island, 49 miles (77km) north-east of Nusa Dua, a high-end business and tourist enclave, and 20 miles (32km) east-north-east of Ubud town. Tourist activity on the rest of Bali is proceeding as normal, including at key destinations such as Bali Safari and Marine Park, Bedugul, Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Goa Gajah, Kuta Beach, Lake Beratan, Nusa Dua, Nusa Penida, Sanur Beach, Tampak Siring Palace, Tanah Lot, Tanjung Benoa and Uluwatu.

In addition to Lombok airport, the authorities have designated the following facilities as alternatives during the closure of Denpasar airport:

  • Achmad Yani International (SRG, Central Java province)
  • Adi Sumarmo International (SOC, Central Java)
  • Adisutjipto International (JOG, Special Region of Yogyakarta)
  • Blimbingsari (BWX, East Java province)
  • Juanda International (SUB, East Java)
  • Komodo (LBJ, East Nusa Tenggara province)
  • Pattimura (AMQ, Maluku province)
  • Sam Ratulangi International (MDC, North Sulawesi province)
  • Sultan Hasanuddin International (UPG, South Sulawesi province).

As a precaution, the authorities have prepared at least 100 buses for travellers whose flights are disrupted. Travellers will be transferred to Banyuwangi city (East Java) and Lombok to catch alternative flights. However, precedents suggest that operations at these airports may also be disrupted, given their proximity to Bali.

Manager Advice

  • Ensure that you monitor the situation closely and that business continuity measures are in place.
  • Due to the closure of Denpasar airport, managers with travellers in Bali should execute stand-fast options. Stand-fast options should include appropriate accommodation selection and robust communication methods.

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26 Nov 2017

China: Zhejiang province: Continue to avoid immediate vicinity of explosion near Lijia West Road in Ningbo city as investigation continues (Revised)

Members in Ningbo (Zhejiang province) should continue to avoid the immediate vicinity of an explosion that occurred near Lijia West Road in the city's Jiangbei district. The blast occurred at a construction site in a planned demolition zone, causing nearby buildings to collapse. At least 2 people were killed and 2 others injured in the incident. Flights are operating normally at Ningbo Lishe International Airport (NGB), around 13 miles (22km) away from the affected area. The authorities are investigating the cause of explosion.

Advice

  • Avoid the affected area in Ningbo's Jiangbei district.
  • Follow all official directives.
  • Monitor our alerts on China for updates.

More detail

Increased congestion has been reported around the explosion site. The police have advised motorists to avoid the following roads to facilitate emergency vehicles' access to the affected area:

  • Outer North Ring Road of Jiangbei’s Zhuang bridge
  • Kangzhuang South Road to Lijia West Road
  • Kangqiao South Road.

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24 Nov 2017

Egypt: North Sinai: Fatal attack on mosque near El Arish underscores EXTREME travel risk rating

Suspected militants have killed at least 85 people in a gun and bomb attack on a mosque in North Sinai governorate on 24 November. Gunmen in off-road vehicles initially fired at worshippers at the al Rawdah mosque in Bir al Abed town, 25 miles (40km) from the provincial capital of El Arish. Another 80 people have been wounded. Details are still emerging.

Advice

  • Continue to defer all but business-critical travel to North Sinai governorate, which is rated EXTREME for travel risks and requires an itinerary-specific risk assessment and with comprehensive, professional security support. Defer all travel to areas between El Arish and the border with the Gaza Strip (Palestinian Territories).
  • Members across Egypt should exercise caution and minimise time spent near potential militant targets, including security force installations, government facilities, religious buildings and symbolic foreign interests such as embassies.
  • Monitor our Egypt alerts for further developments.

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20 Nov 2017

New Caledonia (France), Vanuatu: Follow official directives following strong offshore earthquake; evacuation orders in place for parts of New Caledonia (Revised)

Members in New Caledonia (France) and Vanuatu should follow all official directives following a magnitude 7.0 offshore earthquake that struck at 09.43 (local time) on 20 November, 54 miles (86km) east-north-east of Tadine (Mare island, Loyalty Islands province, New Caledonia). Evacuation orders issued by New Caledonia’s Directorate of Civil Security and Risk Management (DSCGR) are in place for some coastal areas, including Loyalty Islands, Isle of Pines and Yate commune (Grand Terre island). There have been no reports thus far of any damage or casualties.

Advice

  • Abide by all directives issued by the local authorities in the affected areas.
  • Avoid low-lying and coastal areas of New Caledonia (France) and Vanuatu in the coming hours.
  • Aftershocks of varying magnitudes could pose a risk to life and property, as well as cause further damage to already weakened structures; do not enter damaged buildings.
  • Monitor our alerts for further updates.

More detail

The earthquake occurred at a depth of six miles (10km) and prompted the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) to issue a tsunami threat for some coastal areas of New Caledonia and Vanuatu. The PWTC has since lifted the tsunami threat. Waves of up to 1.2 feet (0.37 metres) were observed on the eastern coastline of Grande Terre, Mare and Lifou islands (all New Caledonia), as well as at Tanna island (Vanuatu).

The PTWC has warned that minor sea fluctuations of up to 1.2 feet (0.37 metres) may continue along New Caledonia and Vanuatu coastlines in the coming hours. Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has advised people in the southern provinces to evacuate coastal areas for higher ground, but no formal evacuation order has been issued. Several aftershocks have been reported since the initial earthquake, with the strongest measuring 5.8 in magnitude.

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