Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 34

Headlines From This Week

  • Typhoon Hato Hits Southern China – At least 12 people have been confirmed dead after Typhoon Hato swept across southern China on 23 August. Of those deceased, eight occurred in the Special Administrative Region of Macau with four deaths occurring in China’s Guangdong province. The storms caused extensive damage, travel disruptions, and power outages with businesses and schools temporarily closing in Macau, Hong Kong, and southern mainland China. This was the strongest storm to hit the region in at least five years, with Hato quickly strengthening into a typhoon.
  • Finland Stabbings – An 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker stabbed 10 people, leaving two dead and eight injured on 17 August in the city of Turku. The individual had been denied asylum in Finland and this attack is similar to ones seen in Germany in 2016, where failed asylum seekers attacked civilians. The attacker has denied a terrorist motive, despite Finland’s prime minister describing the event as terrorism.
  • Maldives Political Unrest – A political crisis is continuing in Maldives. On 22 August, opposition MPs were prevented from entering parliament to hold an impeachment vote on the Speaker by the army. Opposition MPs accuse President Yameen and his allies (such as the Speaker) of reversing years of democratic change.
  • Mexican Journalist Shot – Journalists continue to face violence in Mexico with newspaper reporter Candido Rios Vazquez killed on Veracruz state on 22 August. This occurred despite Rios being enrolled in a programme to protect journalists in Mexico. This was at least the ninth journalists to be killed in Mexico this year.
  • Netherlands Terror Incident – Police in Rotterdam, Netherlands cancelled a music concert at the Maassilo venue after receiving intelligence from Spanish authorities about a potential terror incident. Dutch security forces subsequently uncovered a van containing a number of gas bottles close to the venue of the concert. This preventative action and arrest of the van driver are not thought to be directly linked to the recent terror attack in Barcelona, Spain.
  • South Sudan Fuel Shortage – Widespread fuel shortages have caused severe travel disruption in South Sudan. This is having a serious impact on business and the livelihood of locals. It is possible this situation will lead to further unrest and issues with famine and inflation in the country.

What To Look Out For Next Week

  • Islamic Festival of Dhu al-Hijjah – The Islamic festival of Dhu al-Hijjah (the Hajj) concludes when Eid al Adha begins on 1 September. Eid al Adha is one of the holiest celebrations for the world’s Muslims and will conclude on 5 September. Large prayer celebrations can be expected across the Muslim world and in non-Muslim majority nations. The holy city of Mecca is expected to be especially busy during this time.
  • Notting Hill Carnival, London – One of Europe’s largest outdoor festivals takes place on the UK’s August Bank Holiday weekend (26-28 August) in the Notting Hill area of London. Whilst there is a strong police and steward presence, with so many people attending, each year the festival sees an increase in criminality, ranging from theft to drug offences to assault with bladed weapons. Injuries have also reported due to overcrowding. Widespread travel disruption will be experienced in the area of the parade.
  • Hurricane Harvey Heads for Texas – Authorities in the United States are preparing for the most powerful weather system to hit the United States in 11 years. Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall on the evening of 25 August, as a Category Three storm. So far, tens of thousands have been evacuated and 700 members of the National Guard have been mobilised. Hurricane Harvey is expected to bring flooding, heavy rainfall, and high winds to last nearly a week. Oil and gas operators have begun evacuating those on offshore platforms

Significant Dates & Events

  • 19 August – 10 September – Vuelta a Espana Cycling Race
  • 25-27 August – Formula One Weekend in Belgium
  • 26 August – “For Free Internet” Rally to be held in Moscow
  • 27 August – Moldova Independence Day
  • 28 August – US Open Tennis Begins
  • 31 August – Malaysia Independence Day
  • 31 August – Kyrgyzstan Independence Day
  • 31 August – Trinidad and Tobago Independence Day
  • 01 September – Slovakia Independence Day

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