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Defer travel to Sri Lanka, advises International SOS

International SOS also established a Crisis Management Team, based out of the Indian Subcontinent Assistance Centre, to manage on-the-ground information and coordinate support to clients concerned for their employees

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International SOS is assisting and supporting clients following the Sri Lana crisis. The Incident Management Team, consisting of medical and security personnel are continuously assessing the security risks and providing support to ongoing requests for assistance. International SOS also established a Crisis Management Team, based out of the Indian Subcontinent Assistance Centre, to manage on-the-ground information and coordinate support to clients concerned for their employees.

“The situation warrants critical, credible and timely situational intelligence to navigate complexities brought by the protests and resilient business continuity planning that should reflect flexibility in keeping with the fluid on-ground situation.”

Udit Mehta, Executive Vice President & the Director of Operations for International SOS said “the ongoing situation and political impasse in Sri Lanka presents a precarious environment for organizations across government, private and IGO sectors operating in the country. The situation warrants critical, credible and timely situational intelligence to navigate complexities brought by the protests and resilient business continuity planning that should reflect flexibility in keeping with the fluid on-ground situation.”

Mehta who also deployed to Colombo to lead an International SOS Incident Management Team of security experts and doctors post the Easter Sunday bombings in April 2019 adds “International SOS being at the helm of helping organisations address challenges brought by the unsettled geopolitical environment in Sri Lanka is strongly recommending access to credible information as well as robust planning including earmarking safe havens should the situation escalate. Additionally, given the ongoing fuel shortages and consequent disruption to Medical Supplies in Sri Lanka we are well positioned to provision for critical medication where needed.”

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Tirthankar Ghosh
Tirthankar Ghosh is a senior journalist and presently Managing Editor, Newsline Publications. He has also been writing for well over 15 years for the New York-based Air Cargo News Flying Typers.

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