Worldview Security Report – March 19, 2019
19-Mar-19

ASIA

Bangladesh (Security threat level – 4) : On 19 March 2019, protesters gathered outside Dhaka’s Jamuna Future Park shopping mall in response to the death of a university student, who died afer a bus hit him. The demonstrators set fire to at least one bus and blocked traffic on the road, leading to traffic congestion in the Badda and Kuril areas. The protesters met with the mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation to relay a list of demands, which included the construction of a pedestrian bridge at the site of the accident, stronger regulation on public transportation and criminal charges against the bus company involved in the death. The mayor reportedly agreed to construct the bridge and continue discussions with the protesters.

AUSTRALASIA

Australia (Security threat level – 2): On 19 March 2019, Tropical Cyclone Trevor made landfall as a Category 3 storm on Australia’s Queensland coast, approximately 40 km (25 mi) southeast of Lockhart River on the Cape York Peninsula. Several roads and schools were closed due to winds and heavy rain. The storm is expected to weaken as it moves across the Cape York Peninsula, but is then forecast to quickly re-intensify as it moves into the Gulf of Carpentaria on 20 March. Forecasts suggest that the storm could potentially make landfall again in Australia’s Northern Territory after crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria.

EUROPE

France (Security threat level – 3): As of 19 March 2019, a general strike is ongoing throughout France. While the strike is mainly affecting services in the health care and education sectors, disruptions to public transportation have also been reported. The most severe disruptions have been reported in the cities of Strasbourg, Nice and Clermont-Ferrand. The strike is also affecting flights, as 20 to 30 percent of the country’s air traffic controllers (ATC) are participating in the action. Reports indicate that flight delays of between 15 minutes to over an hour are taking place across the country’s airspace, but are particularly affecting airports in Paris and Marseille; there have also been reports of at least three flight cancellations out of airports in Paris. Additional delays and cancellations remain possible throughout the duration of the strike, which is set to end on 20 March at 0700 local time (0600 UTC). In addition to the strikes, demonstrations are taking place in several cities, including a march in Paris; protesters gathered at Boulevard Saint-Michel at 1300 local time and are marching to the Champs de Mars near the Eiffel Tower. There have been no reports of violence at any of the demonstrations thus far.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Kenya (Security threat level – 4): The runway at Kisumu International Airport (HKKI/KIS) will be closed all day on 19 March 2019 to allow for runway repairs. All flights scheduled to leave on 19 March have been rebooked for the same departure time on 20 March. The runway expansion will continue through 28 March, but it will not affect flight operations, which will take place on those days from 0645 to 1900 local time (0345 to 1600 UTC).




GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Togo (Security threat level – 4): On 19 March 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Togo, which reads as follows:

  • “In August 2017, at least 2 people were killed during demonstrations over demands to restore the 1992 constitution and a number of arrests were made. Protests by both the opposition and the government have continued sporadically since then, both in Lomé and across the country, with at least 12 deaths and over 80 people arrested. There have been sporadic outbreaks of violence, particularly in the north around the towns of Mango and Sokodé.
  • “Political dialogue between the government and opposition is ongoing, but a resolution has not yet been reached and further marches and protests, by supporters of the government and opposition, are likely. You should exercise caution during these times, avoid crowds and demonstrations and monitor local media.”

  • Zimbabwe (Security threat level – 4): On 19 March 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Zimbabwe, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Tropical Cyclone Idai has led to heavy rainfall causing significant flooding and mud slides across many parts of eastern Zimbabwe. Many roads and bridges in the affected areas are impassable. Electricity, water, and telecommunications networks have been impacted. If travelling to affected regions, take extra care and follow any advice given by the local authorities. Contact your hotel prior to travel to check that the hotel is still accessible and open. You should continue to monitor local and international weather updates from the World Meteorological Organisation.”

  • 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.