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Global Emergency Overview highlights earthquake in Guatemala, cholera epidemic in Benin and food insecurity in Swaziland and Tanzania

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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. Fighting in Syria continues, with new waves of airstrikes by the Syrian forces and heavy fighting in Damascus, Idlib, Aleppo and Daraa. An increase in displacement has been reported, with more than 11,000 people fleeing the country in 24 hours on 9 of November. Benin is experiencing a cholera epidemic, with 49 confirmed cases in the southwest of the country. Food insecurity levels have increased in Swaziland following poor crop performance in 2011-2012.

According to a recent vulnerability assessment, around 115,000 people are facing food deficits. Food insecurity caused by decreased crop yields has also affected Tanzania, with more than 945,000 people food insecure as of 9 November. Haiti, Cuba and Dominican Republic were hit by hurricane Sandy, which struck the region at the end of the October and affected 1.5 million, 1 million and 175,000 people respectively. In addition, the north and north eastern regions of Haiti witnessed heavy flooding on 9 November.

Updated: 12/11/2012, Next update: 19/11/2012

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