Worldview Security Report – April 23, 2019
23-Apr-19

ASIA

Philippines (Security threat level – 4): On 23 April 2019, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Samar province at approximately 1335 local time (0535 UTC). According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the quake was centered approximately 13 km (8 mi) east of the Tutubigan municipality, and was measured at a depth of approximately 70 km. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries, and no tsunami warning was issued. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has warned that aftershocks are possible.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Mozambique / Tanzania (Security threat levels – 3 / 3): According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, as of 0900 UTC on 23 April 2019, Tropical Cyclone 24S was located approximately 725 km (240 mi) northwest of Port Louis, Mauritius, and was moving west-southwest at 15 kph (9 mph). At that time, the storm was generating maximum sustained winds of 65 kph, with gusts up to 83 kph. Current forecasts predict that Tropical Cyclone 24S will continue moving through the Mozambique Channel and will intensify before making landfall in Mozambique in approximately 72 hours. The storm is expected to bring heavy rains and potential flash floods to northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania.

South Africa (Security threat level – 4): As of 23 April 2019, heavy flooding has severely disrupted traffic throughout greater Durban. Several major roads throughout the city are flooded, including parts of the N2 at Galleria and Prospecton; Clairwood Sirdar Road; and the M25 between Das road and Stapelton road. There are also reports that the Chatworth Bridge on Bul-Bul road has collapsed. The flooding has also prompted officials to suspend all railway services in the city until further notice. The flooding has not affected operations at King Shaka International Airport (FALE/DUR), but has severely delayed travelers en route to the airport. At least 23 people have died since the storm began late on 22 April.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Colombia (Security threat level – 4): On 22 April 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Colombia, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Severe flooding and landslides have been reported in some regions. Heavy showers are expected to continue through the end of May. The Pan-American Highway is currently closed in southern Cauca due to a landslide. Severe flooding is affecting four municipalities in western Nariño. New flooding events are likely to occur in Cauca and Nariño. Pay close attention to the warnings issued by the Colombian Authorities.”
  • Morocco (Security threat level – 3): On 22 April 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Rabat issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Location: Casablanca, Arab League Park (Parc de la Ligue Arabe)
  • “Event: Due to reports of several recent assaults of individuals in Arab League Park in Casablanca, U.S. Mission personnel are restricted from transiting the park during the hours of darkness. U.S. citizen travelers are advised to exercise increased caution in the area around the park.”
  • Security threat levels range from 1 (Very Low) to 5 (Very High) and are determined using a comprehensive system that utilizes both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The primary factors used to determine a location’s security threat level are Armed Conflict, Crime, Demonstrations/Strikes, Ethnic/Sectarian Tensions, Graft/Corruption, Kidnapping, Political Instability, Government Restriction and Terrorism.