The Government of Canada has just updated their travel advisory database, urging Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel to Lombok, the Indonesian island right next to Bali. A travel warning has also been released for parts of Mexico due to a tropical storm, as well as alarming levels of violence and organized crime.

Yesterday,  the island of Lombok was rocked by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake. 20,000 people - including Indonesian residents and tourists from all over the world - have been displaced. Hundreds have also been injured and killed, and the death toll is reportedly on the rise.

Indonesian authorities say that the devastation is "massive," and rescue efforts are underway to transport everyone to safety. Canada's travel advisory states that the earthquake has caused "disruptions to essential services, such as power and transportation."

Dramatic photos and videos show Lombok's beaches packed with worried travellers and displaced locals. Reports claim that nearly 2,700 tourists have been evacuated from the Gili Islands since the quake. 

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Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Ileana is wreaking havoc on Mexico's western coast. The Government of Canada says that all non-essential travel from Punta San Telmo to Playa Perula should be avoided until the storm passes.

Other western states, as well as the northern region of Mexico are also on the list of high-risk territory. Canada's travel advisory states that, "due to high levels of violence, linked mainly to organized crime," the following regions should be avoided:

    • Chihuahua
    • Coahuila (except the city of Saltillo)
    • Durango
    • Nuevo León (except the city of Monterrey)
    • Sinaloa (except the city of Mazatlán)
    • Sonora (except the cities of Hermosillo and Guaymas/San Carlos)
    • Tamaulipas.
    • Guerrero (including Acapulco)

The Government of Canada warns travelers in these areas of the world to constantly check local media reports for updates on the regions' conditions, and plan accordingly.

Source:  The Government of Canada, CNN

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