Weekly security briefing – 16 to 22 December 2019

Every Monday morning, the Anticip-Risk&Co Group produces a security briefing, reporting and analysing major world events.

This weekly security briefing is specifically intended for business travellers and their supervisors, so that they can anticipate the main risks in their areas of operations. The briefing also offers advice on the right behaviors to adopt.

 

  1. CHINA: Beijing – Blizzard alert, risk of disruption

Major disruptions are ongoing in Beijing and other parts of the country.

The China Meteorological Authority issued a “blue alert” for heavy snowstorms in the northern part of the region, from 15 to 16 December 2019.

The National Meteorological Centre warned that heavy snowfalls will affect parts of Shaanxi and Hebei provinces, as well as the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Beijing Municipality.

Residents are advised to reduce outdoor activities.

 

  1. INDIA: Delhi – Major demonstrations against the citizenship law

Business travellers are advised to be vigilant in New Delhi and other cities, due to ongoing demonstrations against the 2019 Citizenship Code amendment bill draft. Police officers are likely to use strict crowd control measures, such as baton charges and tear gas.

 

  1. PHILIPPINES: Mindanao – 6.9 magnitude earthquake

Business travellers and residents should continue to exercise caution and follow all official instructions, after the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country at 14:11 (local time) on 15 December, 5 km south-southeast of Magsaysay (Davao del Sur province, Davao region, Mindanao Island).

At least nine strong aftershocks followed the initial earthquake.

 

  1. UNITED STATES: Midwest – Weather Warning, Disruptions

Several federal departments and schools will be closed this Monday, December 16 due to winter storm alerts in several states. Weather forecasts predict snow and freezing rain.

Disruptions in transport are also to be expected.

Monitor the situation through this site.

 

  1. SUDAN: Port Sudan – Intensification of dengue cases

The number of reported cases of dengue fever is still increasing in Sudan, particularly in the Red Sea State. On 12 December, one person died and 21 cases of infection were confirmed in Kassala.

It is recommended to protect yourself against mosquito bites by wearing protective clothes, using an insect repellent and sleeping under a mosquito net or in an air-conditioned room.

 

  1. CONGO BRAZZAVILLE: Brazzaville – Heavy rains, heavy damage

Torrential rains hit several regions of the country, including the capital Brazzaville, causing flooding and major disruptions between 14 and 15 December 2019.

Further rainfall is expected in the region at least until the end of December.

Anticipate disruptions in travel and services in the coming hours in the region. Exercise caution in areas likely to be impacted.

Consult the website of the meteorological service to follow-up the situation.

 

  1. BANGLADESH: Dhaka – 16 December: Victory Day, risks of disruption

Disruptions in travel and increased security measures are expected in Dhaka and other urban centres across the country on 16 December 2019 due to Victory Day celebrations.

To this end, traffic restrictions will be in place in parts of Dhaka, including around National Parade Square in the Agargaon area, from 5am to 1pm local time (11pm UTC, December 15, 7am UTC, December 16).

Anticipate difficulties in travel and a strengthening of the security system in the vicinity of assembly areas.

 

  1. BISSAU GUINEA: Bissau: Second round of the presidential election on 29 December

Political rallies are expected before and after the second-round elections scheduled for 29 December 2019. Scuffles between militants of rival parties cannot be ruled out.

Caution should be exercised.

 

  1. MALAYSIA: Kuala Lumpur – December 18-21: Security Summit, disruptions

Travel disruptions and increased security are expected in the capital Kuala Lumpur, during the Security Summit to be held at the Congress Centre, from 18 to 21 December 2019, to address national security issues in the Islamic world.

Some 400 delegates from 52 countries are expected to attend this event.

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