Incident bulletin 21st July 2017

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This week’s bulletin contains updates about: United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, Turkey, USA, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, Philippines, Venezuela, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.


United Kingdom

Start date:  19th July
End date:    1st August

British Airways cabin crew members of Unite have announced further strike action. The strike is expected to affect one in every 200 flights. According to British Airways, the airline will still be running 99.5 per cent of its fleet.


Start date:  19th July
End date:    ongoing

Severe weather triggered floods in several parts of North Rhine-Westphalia, inundating roads and underpasses. At Cologne Bonn Airport, flight operations had to be suspended for 90 minutes. There were also cancellations and delays in rail traffic.


Start date:  20th July
End date:    ongoing

Severe storms and heavy rain hit Upper Austria, causing severe regional devastation.

Croatia, Montenegro

Start date:  17th July
End date:    ongoing

Several wildfires are currently raging along the Adriatic coast.

Croatia: Istria, Sibenik-Knin, and Split-Dalmatia counties
Montenegro: Herceg Novi and Podgorica municipalities

Turkey, Greece

Start date:  17th July
End date: ongoing

Heavy rainfall has caused floods in Istanbul, inundating roads, underpasses, buildings, and subway lines and causing havoc in the city.The district of Silivri was one of the worst-hit areas. Other affected provinces include Bursa, Yalova, Duzce, Zonguldak, Bartin, Kocaeli and Sakarya. The Eurasia Tunnel was temporarily closed to traffic.

Start date: 21st July
End date: ongoing

A powerful earthquake struck the southern coast of Turkey at Bodrum (Mugla Province) and the Greek island of Kos on early Friday morning, causing power outages and serious infrastructure damage.
On the island of Kos, a tsunami wave triggered flooding in the island’s capital and disruptions of ferry services.
Please be prepared for traffic disruptions as well as delays in mail processing and delivery in the affected areas.


Start date:  20th July
End date :   ongoing

Adverse weather conditions prompted flight cancellations and delays at Chicago O’Hare International (ORD) and Newark (EWR) airports.

New Zealand

Start date:  21st July
End date :  ongoing

New Zealand Post informs about weather-related delivery delays on the South Island. Affected are the cities Ashburton, Timaru, Oamaru, North Oamaru and Dunedin.

China, Vietnam

Start date:  17th July
End date :

Tropical Storm Talas has caused considerable devastations in China and Vietnam. In southern China, severe property damages occurred in the province of Hainan. In Vietnam, the storm made landfall in Nghe An province, causing severe flooding as well as significant disruption to flight, ferry and road traffic in central and northern Vietnam, including the capital Hanoi.


Start date:  21st July
End date :

Due to maintenance work on a runway, Mactan Cebu International Airport (CEB) reports disruptions in national and international air traffic.


Start date:  20th July
End date :  21st July

In Venezuela, a 24-hour general strike has been called for July 20, which could bring much of Venezuela’s economy to a standstill.

United Arab Emirates, Bahrain

Start date: 6th June

It has been reported that, in accordance with the declaration issued by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cutting ties with Qatar, the provision of postal services with that member country has, until further notice, been suspended.


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