Travel insurance carriers often provide information about current events that affect coverage. This can include weather events, civil or political unrest or health warnings. Such travel alerts are available in newsletters, blogs or on the carrier’s website. The following is a travel alert from HTH on the affects of the heat wave in Egypt.
August 27, 2010. Heat wave sparking widespread power outages in Egypt
SOURCE: Altegrity Risk International
It was reported on August 27th that cities across Egypt have been hit by daily blackouts during the past two weeks, sparking protests and calls for the electricity minister to be fired. The power cuts, which are the worst in decades, come amid sweltering temperatures during the fasting month of Ramadan. The government has blamed the problem on higher consumption and says it is taking steps to restore the service as quickly as possible.
There have been protests in the capital, Cairo, and demonstrations outside government offices. The power failures have led to many families breaking their Ramadan fast in near-darkness, using candles and gas lamps.