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China (Security threat level – 4): At approximately 2030 local time (1230 UTC) on 14 September 2022, Typhoon Muifa made landfall in the Zhoushan archipelago, located near the port city of Ningbo, with wind speeds of about 155 kph (95 mph). On the current forecast track, Muifa will cross through Hangzhou Bay and make another landfall in the Shanghai area later in the night. The latest forecasts estimate that the typhoon will then move through the provinces of Jiangu and Shandong. Rainfall of between 50-200 mm (2-8 in) is projected in the region, with isolated maximums of more than 350 mm, through 15 September. The heavy rainfall will likely cause significant flashflooding in the affected areas. Tidal waves of up to 5 m (16 ft) in height are expected along the coastal areas near Shanghai.
China’s Central Meteorological Administration has issued a “red alert” — the highest level of typhoon warning — for a large area in eastern China. Ahead of the typhoon’s landfall, authorities canceled nearly all flights at Shanghai’s two major airports — Shanghai Pudong International Airport (ZSPD/PVG) and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (ZSSS/SHA). All flights scheduled to operate through Zhoushan Putuoshan Airport (ZSZS/HSN) and Ningbo Lishe International Airport (ZSNB/NGB) were also canceled. Additionally, Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (ZSHC/HGH) halted all domestic flights. Maritime operations on the East China Sea have been suspended since 1200 local time on 14 September.
Haiti (Security threat level – 5): On 13 September 2022, violent demonstrations occurred in several neighborhoods of the capital Port-au-Prince following Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s announcement two days earlier that an increase in gas prices will go into effect on 17 September. Demonstrators erected flaming barricades in the streets on the evening of 12 September to halt transit while fellow protesters threw stones and fired live ammunition to discourage pedestrians from circumventing the barricades. Due to the protests, American Airlines canceled its outbound flight from Port-au-Prince, as the roadblocks made traveling to the airport a hazardous journey. Additionally, the French Embassy in Port-au-Prince suspended routine services until further notice. Though demonstrations have been ongoing in Haiti for several months to protest the deteriorating security environment and high cost of living, protests will likely intensify in the coming days following Henry’s announcement regarding fuel price adjustments.
Lebanon (Security threat level – 5): On 14 September 2022, an armed woman accompanied by a group of accomplices entered the BLOM bank in the Sodeco neighborhood of the capital Beirut, took multiple hostages and threatened to set herself on fire if she did not receive a deposit that was being withheld by the bank. Multiple reports indicate that she left the bank with approximately 13,000 U.S. dollars. The whereabouts of the suspects are currently unknown. The woman claimed she was withdrawing funds from the bank to pay for her sister’s cancer treatment. Banks throughout Lebanon have recently withheld customers’ deposits due to the country’s ongoing financial crisis.
Oman (Security threat level – 2): On 14 September 2022, authorities evacuated 141 passengers from an Air India Express-operated flight at Muscat International Airport (OOMS/MCT) due to smoke emanating from the aircraft. The aircraft was preparing to depart for Kochi city, located in the Indian state of Kerala, at the time of the event. All passengers safely disembarked the aircraft without any injuries. There is no information regarding the cause of the smoke.
Armenia (Security threat level – 4): On 13 September 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Local media and officials have reported fighting along the Armenian-Azerbaijan border, including attacks near Artanish, Goris, Ishkhanasar, Jermuk, Kapan, Sotk, and Vardenis. There have also been reports of attacks against civil infrastructure. Due to these reported hostilities, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan advises U.S. citizens that U.S. Embassy employees and their families are now prohibited from any non-essential travel to the following locations:
“U.S. citizens should continue to exercise caution near all international borders between Armenia and Azerbaijan and avoid travel near the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone and line of contact. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in and around Nagorno-Karabakh as access is restricted.”
Burkina Faso (Security threat level – 4): On 14 September 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Ougadougou issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Embassy of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, discourages U.S. citizens from traveling on National Route 1 (between Ouahabou and Koumbia) at this time. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from conducting personal travel outside Ouagadougou city limits due to the high risk of terrorist attacks, kidnapping, and criminal activity.”