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Sri Lanka - State of Emergency

Updated: 20 March 2018, 14:30 NZDT

On 6 March 2018, the Sri Lankan Government declared a nationwide State of Emergency due to incidents of communal unrest. The State of Emergency provided authorities with increased powers to search individuals, impose roadblocks and curfews, and to limit public gatherings. Access to social messaging networks had also been restricted. The State of Emergency was lifted on 18 March 2018.  We continue to advise New Zealanders in Sri Lanka to more

Tropical Cyclone Gita

Reviewed: 13 March 2018, 10:45 NZDT

Tropical Cyclone Gita passed through Tonga and Fiji on 12-14 February 2018 as a category 4 cyclone, causing substantial damage. Health Advice following the CycloneOver the weeks following the cyclone there may be an increased risk from food, water borne and arboviral diseases. This is due to damage to infrastructure, such as water and power supplies, possible sewage contamination and the proliferation of mosquito breeding sites. The current more

Pacific Cyclone Season: 1 November to 30 April

Reviewed: 7 March 2018, 14:31 NZDT

The Pacific cyclone season begins on 1 November and runs until 30 April.New Zealanders travelling to the Pacific are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Travellers who register can be warned if a major cyclone approaches and given advice on precautions to take. We can also make contact with you following a significant cyclone to check on your well-being.If you are in an area affected by a more

Brazil: Yellow Fever outbreak

Reviewed: 5 March 2018, 14:11 NZDT

Yellow fever is an acute viral disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Infection with the yellow fever virus causes varying degrees of disease, from mild symptoms to severe illness with bleeding and jaundice. About 15% of people infected with yellow fever progress to a severe form of the illness, and half of those will die, as there is no cure for yellow fever. Beginning in late 2016, and continuing through 2017 the Brazilian Ministry of more

Ethiopia State of Emergency

Updated: 17 February 2018, 12:15 NZDT

On the evening if 16 February 2018 the Government of Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency in response to a wave of protests and following the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam on 15 February.  We advise New Zealanders in Ethiopia to follow the advice and directions of local authorities. Exercise vigilance throughout the country and avoid all protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings as they have the potential to turn more

South Africa: Western Cape Water Shortage

Updated: 5 February 2018, 15:30 NZDT

The Western Cape, including Cape Town, is experiencing a serious drought. The city of Cape Town is most severely affected and it has implemented water restrictions. Effective 1 February 2018, water restrictions of 50 litres per person per day apply. Water restrictions are in place to reduce demand and conserve water. The City of Cape Town has cautioned that more severe restrictions may be necessary.   We encourage all New more

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