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Pakistan (Security threat level – 5): On 26 August 2022, heavy rainfall throughout southwestern Baluchistan and northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces resulted in severe flooding and extensive damage to infrastructure. At least 19,000 homes were destroyed and 251 people were reported killed. In Baluchistan province, aviation and train services remain suspended and all four major highways linking the province to other areas in the country are inoperable due to damaged bridges and landslides. A railway bridge washed away in Bolan Pass cutting off Quetta — the provincial capital — from the rest of the country. Additionally, telecommunication networks continue to be disrupted in Quetta, as well as in the cities of Khuzdar and Loralai, due to damage to fiber optic cables in the region.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, authorities have declared a rain emergency until 30 August in at least four districts. In Swat district, a four-story hotel was evacuated before floodwaters swept away the building. Additionally, the Narain-Kalam section of the N-95 and N-90 highways were damaged due to flooding and rendered largely impassable.
Puerto Rico (Security threat level – 2): On 25 August 2022, police officers deployed tear gas and smoke grenades to disperse protesters marching toward the governor’s residence on Fortaleza Street in the capital San Juan. Demonstrators threw glass bottles and other projectiles at police officers, who arrested at least two protesters. Hundreds of people gathered in the city to oppose the government’s contract with LUMA Energy — an electricity company — amid blackouts and price hikes for electricity.
Belgium (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 1300 local time (1100 UTC) on 26 August 2022, a motorist drove his van into the patios of two eateries located on the Rue Saint-Michel thoroughfare in the capital Brussels. The driver of the van veered into the crowded verandas and fled the scene. Six people suffered minor injuries. Security personnel located the vehicle nearby and are checking it for possible explosive materials. A manhunt for the driver is underway. Following the event, Belgium’s Organization for Threat Analysis Coordination (OCAM) raised the terrorism threat alert from Level 2 to Level 3 for high traffic areas in Brussels, indicating that an attack is likely and possible.
Norway (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 0530 local time (0330 UTC) on 26 August 2022, three unidentified individuals set three vehicles on fire in the Greenland neighborhood of the capital Oslo. The fire then spread to two additional vehicles and an apartment building before firefighters extinguished the blaze. Five apartments and five vehicles were destroyed in the blaze; however, there were no reports of injuries. The suspects remain at large.
Chile (Security threat level – 2): On 25 August 2022, a group of five gunmen robbed three health care workers who were traveling in a vehicle in the Alto Yupehue area of the coastal city of Carahue. According to local authorities, the workers belonging to the municipal health department of Carahue were visiting patients in the area when the perpetrators forced the workers out of their vehicle at gunpoint. The assailants stole various personal items and the vehicle before fleeing the scene. There were no reports of injuries. Authorities are pursuing the assailants.
Angola (Security threat level – 3): On 25 August 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Luanda issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “A small group of election workers protested over payment in the Kinaxixi area of Luanda earlier this morning. There were reports of crowd control using live gun fire and/or teargas. There is a possibility for additional protests in the coming days with the potential to impact U.S. citizens in the area.”