Welcome to the last Monday of the month... We hope it's off to a safe start!
This week, as we view the latest safety information from around the world, let's all make safety an everyday habit and be prepared, not scared.
Washington State Shopping Centre Shooting
A shooting took place in a Washington state shopping centre on Friday night, killing 5 people, and our deepest sympathies go out to all affected.
According to Sky News, a suspect has been arrested and the FBI say there is "no evidence of terrorism."
Tourists are seldom affected by attacks such as this, but we should be alert at all times, wherever we go, and report any suspicious items or activities.
North Dakota - Protests
The FCO reports that a state of emergency was declared in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina on 22 September, following violent protests.
Their recommendation is to monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities.
A landslide on 22 September killed four people in the Gorkha district of Nepal - our thoughts are with everyone affected.
Reports don't warn of further dangers but please check conditions with hotels and transport providers before you travel.
Explosives Found - No Casualties
On 20 September, a number of "improvised explosive devices and suspect packages" were found at schools in Kathmandu and Lalitpur. Local authorities responded and there were fortunately no injuries as a result.
There have been reports of overcharging of foreign tourists in private medical clinics in tourist resorts in Bulgaria, according to the FCO.
If you decide to use the services, agree a price in advance.
Please also note that the city of Stara Zagora has banned wearing burqas in public and government buildings.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
Security in Kinshasa remains uncertain following last week's political protests.
FCO advice is to remain vigilant and, "Avoid any non-essential travel around Kinshasa, especially outside Gombe."
In case of emergency, call the British Embassy in Kinshasa on +243815566200
Taiwan & China
Typhoon Megi is forecast from today, and is expected to cause hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of Taiwan. It is set to reach China tomorrow (27 September).
Heavy rain and high winds in Iquitos have caused flooding and damage.
Heavy monsoon rains are affecting Hyderabad and the states of Telangana and parts of Andra Pradesh.
Whenever there's a weather warning for an area you're travelling to (or in the vic inity of) you should take care and check the latest conditions regularly with local media and your travel company.
Please remember that while information is correct when published, it can change at any time.
It's important to check FCO updates for your destination before you book AND before you travel.
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