Benin: Cholera Epidemic - Oct 2012
On 23 Oct 2012, the municipality of Comé (Department of Mono) in the south west of Benin reported the first confirmed cases of cholera. Shortly after, the local authorities issued an official declaration of the outbreak. A total of 65 cases were reported throughout November 2012. Through the joint efforts by the Beninese government, local authorities and the Red Cross Society of Benin the epidemic was contained and was declared to be over in December 2012. (IFRC, 13 Feb 2013)
Both Guatemala and Myanmar were affected by earthquakes during the reporting period. On 7 November, an earthquake of 7.2 magnitude struck the pacific coast of Guatemala, affecting more than 600,000 people followed by a second quake of 6.2 magnitude on 11 November. There were no immediate reports of major infrastructural damage caused by the second earthquake. The 6.8 magnitude earthquake which struck in Myanmar on 10 November, meanwhile, damaged infrastructure but the full extent of the impact remains unclear.