Worldview Security Report – April 24, 2019
24-Apr-19

ASIA

Philippines (Security threat level – 4): On 24 April 2019, Clark International Airport (RPLC/CRK) — located approximately 80 km (50 mi) northwest of Manila — reopened at 1600 local time (0800 UTC), after it was temporarily closed due to damage sustained in the 6.1 magnitude earthquake on 22 April. Passengers have been advised to check on the status of their flights prior to heading to the airport, as some airlines have elected to resume services beginning on 25 April.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Tanzania / Mozambique / Comoros (Security threat levels – 3 / 3 / 3): According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, as of 0900 UTC on 24 April 2019, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth (24S) was located approximately 275 km (170 mi) east-northeast of Comoros Island, and was moving west at a speed of 20 kph (13 mph). At that time, the storm was generating maximum sustained winds of 130 kph, with gusts of up to 157 kph. Kenneth is forecast to continue strengthening as it moves through the Mozambique Channel before making landfall in Comoros on 24 April and Mozambique on 25 April. Ahead of the storm’s arrival, authorities in Comoros have closed all schools and airports, including Moroni’s Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport (FMCH/HAH). The storm is expected to bring heavy rains and potential flash floods and mudslides to Grand Comore Island, as well as northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Afghanistan (Security threat level – 5): On 23 April 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
  • “Events: U.S. Embassy personnel in Kabul are restricted to essential travel only from April 28 to May 2. Afghan national holidays and public events at the end of April and beginning of May are expected to increase the number of visitors to Kabul. An increased police and security presence, large numbers of vehicles on the roads, checkpoints for motorists, and road closures beginning on or before April 28 will create significant delays and inconvenience for travelers.
  • “The large number of people traveling by air and by road to Kabul, and crowds traveling to or assembling for events, may be targeted by terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan.”
  • Canada (Security threat level – 2): On 23 April 2019, the U.S. Consulate General in Halifax issued a Public Safety Alert that reads in part as follows:

  • “Location: Regions of New Brunswick.
  • “Event: Public Safety – Public Alert – River Watch – Increased water levels or flooding. The following advisory was issued by the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NBEMO), River Watch 2019
  • “Residents in the following areas should remain on high alert: Clair/Fort Kent, Saint-Hilaire, Edmundston, Fredericton, Maugerville, Jemseg, Grand Lake, Sheffield/Lakeville Corner, Oak Point and Quispamsis/Saint John.
  • “For updates please go to New Brunswick Canada Public Advisories & Alerts 24 Hour Emergency Update website at https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/public_alerts.html.
  • Indonesia (Security threat level – 4): On 24 April 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Indonesia, which reads in part as follows:

  • “General elections were held in Indonesia on 17 April with official results set to be announced on 22 May. You should avoid all protests, demonstrations and political rallies.”
  • South Pacific Islands (Security threat level – 1): On 24 April 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued updated travel advice for the Solomon Islands, which reads in part as follows:

  • “The Solomon Islands general election took place on 3 April 2019 and a new Prime Minister was elected on 24 April 2019. This led to some violent protests and looting in central and eastern Honiara. Local police have responded to restore security, but visitors should be alert to the risk of further protest, and move away from any large gathering. You should monitor local media and be vigilant.”
  • 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.